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.
Today I’m supporting myself by wearing one of the nice Sofia Talvik tanks that are available in my shop. It’s quite a nice day in Stockholm today so I’m wearing it with a high waisted jeans and tulle skirt from one of my favourite brands – Forever21 and a jacket from silence + noice, bought at Urban Outfitters. As you can see I’m also sporting the white Sofia Talvik iPhone skin.
I once tried to bribe Fredrik Strage in the breakfast room at TV4. He was going to talk about new hip music, and I was going to play live at the TV4 Morning show where Fredrik is a profile every now and then. Apparently Fredrik wasn’t that easy to bribe that time, but he did want to be a guest in my Xmas Calendar when I asked him nicely.
If you’re easily scared, this is not an episode for you. Fredrik shows us his favourite scenes from Christmas horror movies, and he seems to have an evil side of himself as well …
Due to being unable to include the copyright material from the movies in this episode of the Xmas Calendar, I had to cut this episode up in parts, I’m sorry for the inconvenience.
On the Lollapalooza tour I blogged on Aftonbladet.se but this time I thought I’d give all my non-swedish friends and fans an opportunity to follow me on tour, so my tour blog this time will be in english here on my own website.
I’ve just arrived in Canada for Canadian Music week and am exploiting the free wifi on the Fairmont to write this. The trip yesterday was about 14 hours long and we were very happy to have some pizza and get some rest on an inflatable bed at my friend Gary Taxali’s house here in Toronto when we arrived. Gary is the most talented artist, he designed the stunning coverart for Aimee Mann’s latest album and when he heard we were coming here he invited us to stay with him. Check out Gary’s work here: http://www.garytaxali.com
At Gary Taxali’s
Today’s mission is to check out Toronto, pick up some lotion (I realized I was allergic to the one I brought from home) and to check out my favourite store “Forever 21”.
I did study french for two years in school, but unfortunately I don’t remember enough of it to read extensive texts. That’s why Google Translate is so handy, and it also adds a bit of humour to the web sites it translates as it isn’t always all that accurate. Just read this fantastic phrase about a song from “Jonestown”:
“At The End returns with more musical usual Sofia: folk arrangements with strings to support, this beautiful haunting ballad is a face-lift for ear pain.Â ”
Maybe I’m wrong to smile at this poor translation, because I can tell that the blogger “With music in my mind” (click the link to read the review) is dead serious and full of emotion when he writes about “Jonestown” being one of his favourite albums of 2008. And I’m very happy to read the poor translation of a text that is probably beautifully written in it’s original language. It’s always wonderful to see that someone in another country found my music and likes it enough to blog about it. So cheers for that!
PS. A tip: Chinese is the funniest language to try out in translation tools, it makes no sense whatsoever! DS.
I'm counting days til the 8th of november. That's when the album should, and hopefully will be, mixed and finished.
Today we added the last instrumental parts, a wonderful arrangement for three saxophones written by Hanna for the song "will you call me when you're sober". Now hold it, I know what you're thinking; "hmmm…saxophones, you mean like early Sting or perhaps that funky sound of Tina Turner?" But I promise you, it's nothing like that at all. Actually the saxophone parts on this album has sort of become my favourite sound. You rarely hear it in popmusic today, at least not like this.
Hanna (who plays the soprano saxophone) brought her friend Nis (who plays the baryton) and I barely had time to say "saxophone" before they were finished with the recordings and out the studio door. I'm so lucky to have such talanted musicians playing on this album, but then again, they're so lucky to have such a great producer (me!) hehe. Just kidding, but it's coming out just wonderful som I'm very happy with it.
Now, it may have been a quick recording this afternoon, but you will have all the time in the world to enjoy it as I'm posting a sample for you to listen at.