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.
I hope you all enjoyed my latest album”Florida”! Now it will also be available in a acoustic version “Florida Acoustic”, where all the songs is recorded live with just me and the guitar (and piano on one song).
To celebrate the release of “Florida Acoustic” I’m doing a mini tour in Sweden, playing 7 acoustic gigs in 7 days. But don’t worry if you’re not in Sweden next week. All the concerts will be streamed online so you’ll be able to see them anyway! If you are in Sweden however you can catch me here:
Sunday 4/7 Effes, Gotland
Monday 5/7 TBA
Tuesday 6/7 Fettmules sommarfestival, Gnesta
Wednesday 7/7 Restaurang Landet, Stockholm
Thursday 8/7 Katalin, Uppsala
Friday 9/7 Flyt, Stockholm
Saturday 10/7 Papas, Båstad
Tuesday June 29th you can catch me play at the Peace&Love Festival at the Peace&Love café. I’m doing an acoustic set to celebrate the upcoming release of my acoustic version of “Florida”. I’m playing at 7pm (kl 19).
If you’re an aspiring artist yourself you can also catch the panel discussion on Wednesday 30th for “Fast Forward” around the music industry, where I will participate and give my view of how it is to be an artist in today’s changing industry.
We all know the Swedes can write a mean pop songs—but what about folk songs? Well, one artist is nonchalantly transferring the charm and fun found in most pop songs into sweet, acoustic twang. Sofia Talvik, brings bubbly blonde ambition to this raw and often quiet genre with a captivating breath of fresh air. After her 2008 Lollapalooza performance, Sofia became a force in the States and went back into the studio to record her fourth album and latest release, Florida.
With a focus on drums and electronic beats, Florida brings a sense of pop fun to an otherwise sensual and introspective album. Says Sophia, “Some songs are dark some are sunny, but all of them have a groove. I actually wanted the album to sound like what the intro to HBO’s True Blood looks like. I think the songs have the same kind of weirdness to them as those pictures, and that’s the American south to me.”
On top of bringing this interesting take to folk, Sophia manages her fan base using pop artist strategies. Fans can tweet at her to get her new single, she offers an acoustic version of her entire album for free with purchase of the full one and she even live streamed the recording the new album online. The new album is currently streaming on her Web site, but until it’s released, check out some tracks from her last album Jonestown below! Do you dig the pop/folk style?
The last three days I have fallen asleep in the couch right after dinner. Now, watching Ancient Aliens from the History Channel didn’t really help me stay awake. In a way it’s nice to be able to get some sleep, but I usually never sleep during daytime unless I’m ill. So maybe the ancient aliens helped me fall asleep but I think this unusual tiredness more probably is a product of too much work this past year.
Since November I’ve barley had a break to talk about. I did the Christmas Calendar, the Christmas Concerts then dove right into recording a new album, worked with that day and night, went on tour to the US for three weeks and then started promoting the album which is now finally released. So, does that mean I can take a break now and there’s nothing more to do? Not really. I’m already planning for an EP, working on videos and promo for the acoustic version of Florida which will be released soon, and on a couple of collaborations.
But I really like to be busy. Having nothing to do makes me lazy and uninspired. But sometimes you need to take a little break. Good thing I’m going to Rimini for a weekend soon. And maybe I should stop wr..