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.
Last week I attended the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis, TN.
I spent a few hectic days attending seminars, networking and playing showcases. It was a lot of fun and we met a bunch of great people there that I hope to reconnect with further down the road. It was interesting to be totally surrounded by folkies for a while. I’ve always counted myself into the genre but haven’t quite been part of the scene if you know what I mean. Folk – being such a small genre in Sweden, I’ve always been a part of the pop scene anyway and that’s what I know so it was cool to see how the folk sceene thrives in the US.
Jonas took a bunch of pictures from the conference and you can see a selection here! Feel free to tag yourself if you find yourself in any of the pictures.
I’ve been down with the flu for a week now, there were a lot of bugs circulating in the AC system at the hotel those days and I’ve heard a lot of attendees got sick. I’m glad to be (almost) well again though as I have some great gigs in Texas ahead of me.
Here’s the ones ahead:
Wednesday, 03/07 Lindale, TX Art of Coffee
Thursday, 03/08 Texarkana, AR Hopkins Icehouse
Friday, 03/09 Dallas, TX Opening Bell Coffee
Saturday, 03/10 San Antonio, TX G.I.G On The Strip
If you want to catch Badmouth and all these awesome songs live – get your ass over to RoQ in Stockholm, Sweden this Friday for their releaseparty. And if you can’t wait – get their EP WHICH IS RELEASED TODAY!!!! here: Sofia’s music store, Itunes, Amazon
Per Henriksson har tagit sig tid att skriva ett litet tips on min nya platta Florida, det tackar jag för:
Skivtips: Sofia Talvik “Florida”
Sofia Talvik har länge varit en av Sveriges mest begåvade artister. Men hon har kommit en lång väg sen debuten. Där hon tidigare var lovande och charmig är nya skivan “Florida” fullgången och i internationell klass (jämför gärna med Christina Courtin) .
En del recensenter har jämfört Talvik med Frida Hyvönen och Anna Ternheim. Det är smickrande i den mening att de är artister som är genuint begåvade och gör något eget precis som Sofia Talvik. Jag skulle dock vilja hävda att Talvik har större internationell potential. Inte för att hon är mer kommersiell – snarare tvärtom. Men hennes referenser finns snarare i amerikansk country och alt rock än i svensk pop.
Att skivan heter Florida är ingen slump. Det är amerikansk country influerad rock som den var innan The Eagles sönderdominerade scenen. Det är mer Clouds och Ladies of the Canyon med Joni Mitchell än någon svensk artist som är rimliga referenser.
After two lovely gigs in Hawaii it’s time for us to leave the sunny islands for Seattle. We’re playing at two venues so if you can’t make it on Friday you’ll have a new chance to chatch my gig on Saturday. Check out www.sofiatalvik.com/gigs for tickets and information.
About Oh Laura and Frida Öhrn:
Oh Laura, formerly known as Laura, is a Swedish indie pop group from Stockholm. The band’s name comes from one of the heroines of the television series Twin Peaks, Laura Palmer. The group came into existence as a project of 2 friends from school, Jocke and Jorgen. They were both born and raised in Sweden, they’re both very talented musicians and composers. Jocke mainly composes music, Jorgen writes most of the lyrics. They met Frida when Jocke was on the concert with his sister. Frida’s voice made on him such an unusual impression that he immediately proposed her a cooperation. Not much later Frida called her 2 friends, a bassist, Rikard and a drummer, Magnus and that’s how Oh Laura was born! Oh Laura is also known from having one of their wonderful songs “Release me” in a Saab commercial.