SXSW spotlight!

Sofia Talvik live in San Antonio
Sofia Talvik live in San Antonio
Sofia Talvik live in San Antonio

I just arrived in sunny Austin. After heavy rain in Dallas and San Antonio I was wondering if SXSW would rain away this year, but as soon as we drove into Austin, the sky was blue, the sun blaring and people were half naked on the streets. Just like it should be.

Nordic Spotlight had the good taste to check in with me to see what my SXSW schedule looks like, and here’s their interview with me!

Hypetrak also recommended my second play showcases at SXSW. Most of them you don’t need a wristband for so check out their guide here!

Jammin’ with Papa Dee

Every week until the release of my new album “Jonestown” I’m inviting a new Swedish guest artists to do songs from the album with me. When all the live videos are released there will be a competition where you can win a signed copy of the album.

I’ve been so fortunate to have all my favorite artists sing with me and this week I’m proudly presenting Sweden’s own reggae wonder Papa Dee.

Sofia Talvik / Papa Dee – Summer ended yesterday

Song: Summer ended yesterday (Jonestown 2008)
Guest artist: Papa Dee

Papa Dee is Sweden’s reggae pioneer, and has released albums for over twenty years. Right now he’s back in the spotlight with his new album “A Little Way Different”. The first single “Suzy Wong” is now spinning on the Swedish radio. Papa Dee is also known from the radio show P3 Rytm and the tv travel show Papa’s kappsäck.

December – mp3 of the month

Salvo Magazine appoints December their mp3 of the month in their upcoming issue. Read it first here!

MP3 of the Month
Sofia Talvik – December

It’s not very often I come across Folk music that’s to my taste. Maybe it’s just a genre that doesn’t really do that much for me, I don’t know. Now, before all Folk artists out there get all defensive and start writing in complaining that I’m dissing them as a collective, please, save your venting, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

You see, although I’m not the biggest lover of Folk music in general, when it’s done properly, like pretty much any genre (especially Classical but that’s a totally different story), it can be stunning.

Look at artists like Gemma Hayes, Kathryn Williams, Nick Drake, Tom McRae or Cara Dillon, with the latter especially being truly sublime. Folk absolutely is a genre that’s both under appreciated whilst also being a backbone to music as a whole and one we must all embrace ‘for the greater good’.

That’s what leads me onto Sofia. We decided to choose December as our MP3 of the month above all other tracks off her most recent long playing effort Street of Dreams as it would be too easy to choose the single It’s Just Love based on the facts that 1 – it’s a single already and 2 – it’s a duet with one of my personal heroes, Bernard Butler, now, that would bias the vote ten fold.
No, what sets December apart from the bunch is that it’s just so much more delicate than the others.

With a vocal range tinged by echoes of Dolores Mary O'Riordan Burton from the Cranberries blended with a light heartedness that in some ways isn’t too distant from Joni Mitchell in her heyday all those years ago, December has managed to remain on constant replay for a good while now and will continue to do so until another track off the album takes our fancy.
Featuring an accent that does at times sound Irish it’s almost unnoticeable that she is in fact from Sweden. Don’t worry. We’ll keep the Abba references to a minimum.

Sofia has obviously been working as a solo artist for long enough now to realise where she wants to get, it’s abundantly clear that she’s working with people who are on her wavelength and are helping her do that

If there was ever a time for artists like Sofia to be in the forefront it’s got to be now, we’ve got others Acoustic Soloists like James Morrison and Blunt pushing acoustic based song writing into the mainstream and whilst we really shouldn’t pin all of our hopes on artists like these, god help us if we did, it is great to see that every now and then artists like Sofia do get the spotlight shone in their direction. 2007 should be the year that spotlight gets turned to face her and we wish her all the best when it does.

I am also green with envy that she’s worked with a hero, but I’ll get over that so don’t worry too much..

Duncan Buchanan