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 started my U.S Spring Tour in New Mexico. New Mexico’s slogan is “Land of enchantment”, and you can see why in this video that we just released. I filmed it in White Sands National Monument, and it was just premiered by Glide Magazine. Here’s what they say about it:
“A song that encourages escape amidst these unthinkable days. Talvik sings with a touch of the ethereal and offers intimate folk, mixing shades of Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos within a comfortable emotive package.“
The 2020 Spring tour, aptly named after my new album “Paws of a Bear”, has just begun! Last night we did a soft start in Albuquerque, NM and from here the tour will take us through Texas to SxSW and a lot of other fun concert venues, through LA, MS, AL and down to Florida.
Lil’Chief is getting some updates too. From previous owners he had some water leaks which has made the floor in the cab-over a bit wobbly. White Trash MacGyver has spent the last few days ripping it out and building new support and floor, with the help of our generous hosts Eric and Wendy Bardrof, also photographers extraordinaire. When you see Wendy’s pic you realize why New Mexico’s slogan is “Land of enchantment”.
I’m also very excited to have my pedal steel genius Tim Fleming with me for select shows in Texas. He will join me from Dallas to SxSW and Houston.
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)
In Swedish ”folk music” means ”traditional music”. If you play ”folk” in Sweden, you are most likely a whiz at the key-harp or the violin. For many years I’ve been a part of the folk scene, in the non traditional sense, and finally I thought I’d try to combine the two in a new way.
These are 6 old traditional Swedish folk songs in a more modern clothing. Bringing in musicians from Germany as well as Sweden, mixing it up with my own sound and my own visions, I combined the beauty of the old with the beauty of the new. The result is this extended EP – ”Folk”.
The name rings true in both Swedish and English, stating the new and the traditional genre but also brings in the meaning of the Swedish word which is ”people”. This is an album for the people. I hope you like it!