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.
Are you a fan of the old Dean Martin Christmas songs? I am too. I think it adds to the Christmas mood … for about a day or two, and then I want to hear something else, something christmassy, but in a different style. So I put together a Spotify playlist with some of my favorite alternative Christmas folk songs, a mix of Calexico, Neko Case, Sufjan Stevens … Just in case you want to mix up your Dean Martin with something more contemporary. Feel free to subscribe to the list and share it with your friends. And have a Folky Christmas!
And here’s a T-shirt to go with the music! Go HERE to order! (Also available as cups, pillows, totes etc)
It’s that time of year again. That time when I look out through my bedroom window and see the snow falling white and thick, like an extra curtain cutting me off from the world, making me want to stay inside all day. So today I decided that everyone, including me, need a little cheer-me-up and therefore I present to you my new free Christmas single. It’s not really cheery, as you know by now if you’ve followed my tradition of writing Christmas songs. But it’s for free, and that’s always nice, right? Correction… free or pay what you want. So if you do have heaps of money over and want to throw them at me I won’t say no to that. This song after all is about the working woman, trying to make ends meet. It’s a tribute to all working women and single mothers out there. Everyone counting their cents and dimes for Christmas, making the best out of what they’ve got.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and don’t forget – sharing is caring!
And a big thank you to my wonderful musicians Hanna, Joakim and Janne for playing on the song!
Written by Sofia Talvik. Vocals and guitar: Sofia Talvik. Violin: Hanna Ekström. Drums: Joakim Lundgren. Bass: Janne Manninen. Produced and mixed by Sofia Talvik. Mastered by Jonas Westin.
Ho ho ho! It’s not even Thanksgiving, but Christmas is just around the corner and with the reindeer being so slow these days you might want to order your Christmas presents in good time before Christmas. So this year I have some really great gift packs in my new shop, and you can of course combine it with other stuff that you find there.
I have two different Christmas gift packs which both include a bag of my home-made Swedish christmas toffee (yum yum) and some new prints for t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, tote bags and pillows that will make your Christmas even more Christmassy. Of course the gift packs also include a download of my new Christmas single.
So for you who know me, you know I write a new Christmas single every year that I release as a free download to all of you. And this year is no different. I already written the song and am in the stages of recording it so that you all can enjoy it in time for Christmas. I’m also very excited to announce that I will make a video for the single this year.
Here is a little snippet from me recording the guitar and vocals, if you like what I’m doing and want to support me in the recordings, feel free to click the donate button at the top of this page and donate a coffee or something else.
Every year I release a Christmas single, and sometimes it takes a while for them to become a Christmas classic 😉 but you know they have when Sweden’s biggest women’s magazine Amelia writes about them in their Christmas edition.
“Christmas eve 2012 turned out exactly like we had hoped. A day filled with candlelight, great Christmas music (Michael Bublé’s album “Christmas” and Sofia Talvik’s Christmas single “Snowy White River” played on repeat), excited children, happy parents, good food. (…)” Editor Jenny Oscarsson writes in her column.
This year’s Christmas single is just released but some blogs have already picked it up, amongst them German blog “Lie in the sound“. “One of the most beautiful Christmas tradition for us is the annual Christmas single by Sofia Talvik .” they write, and the blog Christmas A Go Go! seconds by writing “Leave it to German blog Lie in the Sound to cherrypick the bestest new Christmas releases. Like this beautiful track by Sofia Talvik“.
“Swedish singer/songwriter Sofia Talvik offers up a free Christmas song every year. And pretty much every year, I declare that “this is her best yet” or that “this is my absolute favorite.” Well, “A Berlin Christmas Tale” is Sofia’s best Christmas song yet and my absolute favorite. Sofia has explored a lot of different musical styles in the past, but “A Berlin Christmas Tale” returns Sofia–with the enrichment of all her musical experimentation and time on the road–to the Sofia I was originally drawn to…the Folk Pop artist who paints pictures with her music, words, and voice–pictures so clear and alive that you experience them yourself.”