Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music.
As some of you know, every year I release a free Christmas single, portraying the darker, less cheerful side of the holiday season. My 2017 Christmas album ”When Winter Comes” charted as No. 5 on Folk Radio USA, and this year I also released my 9th studio album, ”Center of the Universe”, which was considered for a Grammy nomination.
”Alone for Christmas” is a heartbreaking tale about how missing your loved one at a time of the year that is so strongly centered around family is extra hard. Jazzy guitars, shimmering cellos and some warm and clear vocals in this waltz will tug on your heartstrings.
The single is being released as a free download on my website as a Christmas gift to everyone,
Of course there are so many deserving artists being considered for the Grammy Nomination for best Folk Album, but here is why you should know about – and support Swedish artist Sofia Talvik.
* Standing up for women’s rights! – Sofia’s single Too Many Churches charted as #3 on Folk Radio Charts USA when it was released. This powerful song is about the overturning of Roe v Wade and how it effects all women, both in the USA and in Europe.
* Taking a stance against war and discrimination! – Sofia’s single Circle of Destruction charted as #9 on Folk Radio Charts USA and is a real protest song, like plucked from Laurel Canyon 1970.
“Too few artists today offer protest material, but Talvik seems to have picked up the mantle from singer/songwriters like Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Pete Seeger” – Americana Highways
“Sofia Talvik’s anti-war stance, “Circle of Destruction,” is an exception. Here is a gorgeously performed song about the inevitable annihilation of a war-torn world, and yet, few artists feel inspired to write their own. While we should be ashamed of having so few protest singers, we should be glad of Talvik’s efforts.” – Alt77
Highlighting the missing children of America! – The title track “Center of the Universe” tells the tale of all the missing children and young adults in America. In her video she is using the pictures of the recently missing in an effort to further spread them for a chance of their recovery.
After numerous tours through 48 of the U.S states, she has a unique perspective of an outsider getting included and immersed in what is America today. The new album was just released less than 2 months ago. If you are a voting member, please consider supporting Sofia in getting the nomination for best folk album. If you are not, please help us spread the word of this deserving artist.
The response so far to my new album Center of the Universe has been phenomenal! It went straight in on #14 on USA Folk Radio Charts for August with the single in top 10!
I’ve also gotten a bunch of great reviews, both in Europe but also in the USA.
”Swedish folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sofia Talvik has been making fine albums for many years now, but this self-produced latest entry may be her best to date. Her angelic vocals, which sound redolent of early Marianne Faithfull, remain a major asset, as are her original songs, which combine lilting melodies with frequently profound lyrics. Too few artists today offer protest material, but Talvik seems to have picked up the mantle from singer/songwriters like Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Pete Seeger with antiwar numbers like “Circle of Destruction” and “Boy Soldier.” Another standout is the poignant “Too Many Churches,” which effectively addresses the abortion debate and ways in which organized religion falls short.” – Americana Highways
Thank you all so much who have been listening, supporting and playing my songs.
I’m happy to announce that a vinyl will be available in November!
First of all a huge thank you to all of you who pre-ordered the album and the deluxe package with the Mini Documentary. We are working like crazy to get it ready and out for you. Until then, I hope you enjoy the album. All the albums that were ordered to U.S addresses has been shipped and should reach you soon if they haven’t already. All albums to European addresses will be sent early November when I am back in Europe after my tour. Why you might ask? Well it costs $20 to send one CD to Europe from the USA, and all sorts of customs declarations must be filled out to send it. Even if I could do all of that there is still a big risk that the album will go missing on the way, or get stuck in customs with extra charges for you to release it. So, that is why you’ll get it later, but as we say in Sweden – The one who waits for something good never waits too long.
A huge thank you also to all the people who have been working on the album, Peyton, Drake, Janne and Joakim for playing, Jonas and Hans for working the sound bits making it all come together.
This Fall I am releasing my new album Center of the Universe.
With this album I have spent the most time and effort, carefully crafting the songs and assembled a very talented group of musicians to create what I think might be my best album to date. We flew over two amazing musicians from the U.S to Sweden to record with me, and rented a 19th century house to record in to get the right sound and feeling.
It’s being mixed and mastered by Sweden’s most foremost mix technician Hans Olsson, and will sound amazing! Needless to say this has not been a cheap venture, and after consulting with a few of you to see what YOU would like as some extra perks,
I have now put up a pre-order for the album with the chance to get some extra goodies. So if you want to support me and the making of this album, grab one of the packages today to make sure you get the extra perks. The album and preview packages will be released in August. If you do not wish to get the pre-order the CD will be available at concerts, and in my online store from November.
The pre-order with the exclusive items will be open until released date August 14th.
Includes: – Center of the Universe – CD – Center of the Universe – Demo CD – Digital Download + Bonus Demo Tracks – Mini video documentary from the studio (Digital)
Double CD! Get the new album, plus an extra CD with all the demos of the songs, and get a peak behind the scenes in the making of the album. The demos are acoustic one-takes originally not recorded for public release, but with the exclusive preview package you get to hear the working stage of the finished product. You also get a mini documentary from the studio with Sofia and the band working on the production and arrangements.
Includes: – Center of the Universe – CD – Center of the Universe – Demo CD – Digital Download + Bonus Demo Tracks
Double CD! Get the new album, plus a copy of all the demos for the songs. The demos are acoustic one-takes originally not recorded for public release, but with the exclusive preview package you get to hear the working stage of the finished product.
Digital Download, plus a copy of all the demos for the songs. Listen to the blue-prints for the studio recordings. The demos are acoustic one-takes originally not recorded for public release, but with the exclusive preview package you get to hear the working stage of the finished product.