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.
[quote] Swedish folk artist Sofia Talvik brings sweet vocals, soft guitar to High Desert[/quote]
I’m doing my first New Mexico gig tonight in Las Cruces at the High Desert Brewing Company at 8pm. Here’s an article in Pulse, the weekend edition of Silver City Sun News. You can read the whole interview here! I’m also playing at Peco’s Winery tomorrow 01/18 with fellow Swedes Secret Circus! Don’t miss!
Indie distributer CDbaby just recently chose my new album The Owls Are Not What They Seem as their editor’s pick, gave it 5 stars and wrote this lovely review!
[quote] In 2008, Sweden’s Sofia Talvik put out an impressive album — Jonestown — which wowed me with its lush orchestrations and catchy, melancholic 60’s-pop songs, tunes that wouldn’t have been out of place on any of Goldfrapp’s NON-disco albums. The following year, Talvik released an equally ambitious, subtly-searing album called Florida that was haunted by the ghosts of Dustbowl folk and countrified Southern Gothic. In 2011, the prolific indie-songstress put out 4 EPs that previewed remixed versions of songs that would end up on this year’s full length, The Owls Are Not What They Seem. The new record is a departure for sure — still catchy in its way, though the earworms have more room to sprawl— still lush, though the flute and string accompaniments are more restrained and the tremolo guitars serve only as punctuation. What’s different this time around? Mood: Owls is a slow-burning folk pop gem that wanders and searches as if dreaming itself into being. Think Nick Drake, Kings of Convenience, and Blue-era Joni Mitchell. Talvik’s voice can be both rich and whispery, and each breath seems to bend toward some hidden sadness, as if tugged by an undercurrent we can’t quite see; but we feel its force as the music unfolds, swirls, and closes around us.[/quote]
A few days ago I released my yearly Christmas single. It’s called “One Last Wish For Christmas” and it’s recorded partly in the US and partly in Sweden (thank you internet). The single has been very well received and here’s a selection of quotes from some writers around the globe:
[quote] “One Last Wish For Christmas” has the feel of a simple and intimate Indie Folk song while simultaneously being rich, full, and immediately pop accessible. It’s sort of Hank Williams meets the Pogues “Fairytale Of New York”, but much prettier. (…) It’s just wonderful! [/quote]
[quote]One Last Wish for Christmas” is “a story about love, loss, and afterthought at Christmas.” It is heartbreakingly beautiful, and like many of her songs, it stays with me long after I’ve finished listening to it.”[/quote]
[quote] During the years I’ve fallen in love with her beautiful alternative folk songs. Especially with the sad ballad Snowy White River (2009). This year I’m pleasantly surprised to learn that Sofia has returned to her roots.” [/quote]
I’ve hit California and I’ve already done a few shows around the northern part, but I have many left. I hope to see you in San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and San Diego in the near future. Here’s some of my upcoming dates, to see all my upcoming gigs go to https://sofiatalvik.com/gigs. Note that the selection below is only a handfull of the upcoming gigs around CA.
The San Francisco Chronicle has also chosen my gig in Oakland tonight at Disco Volante and my gig at Amnesia Bar in SF on the 30th as their top picks for this week! The show at Amnesia will also be the 200th gig on the tour so please bring all your friends and come celebrate with me!
[quote] An understated, folky Swedish singer-songwriter who alternates between beatific odes and disturbingly dark musings, Sofia Talvik possesses a voice that’s translucent, soft and deceptively cool. [/quote]
Tips! If you get tickets early you can take part of some great discounts and special offers!
Oakland Thursday, 10/25, Disco Volante, Time: 8:00 pm. $5
San Francisco Tuesday, 10/30, Amnesia Bar, Time: 9:30 pm. GET TICKETS
San Luis Obispo Saturday, 11/03, Kreuzberg Cafe, Time: 8:00 pm.
Los Angeles Thursday, 11/08, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Time: 8:00 pm. $15 Thursday, 11/15, Hotel Café, Time: 7:00 pm. GET TICKETS
San Diego Wednesday, 11/21, Lestat’s Coffee House, Time: 9:30 pm. GET TICKETS
[quote] A night with Talvik was soothing relief after a workday.[/quote]
Sacramento press attended my show at The Coffee Garden the other night and you can read all about what they thought about the show here. So you missed it? Aawwww, too bad, but you can still catch my second show in Sacramento in Friday 10/19 at Zuhg Life store, the downstairs stage in the Downtown Plaza Mall. And to warm up you can tune into KDVS 90.3 FM tomorrow morning at 11am PST and hear a full hour of talk and music with me. And if you miss all that as well… you still have another chance to catch me at “The Saturday Morning Folk Show” on KDVS, Saturday at 11pm.