I just got this lovely review from Ninthspace! Thank you so much! 🙂
“I guess, by the time a musician gets to their third album they know whether it’s going to work out for them. Not writing, recording and touring as a hobby, but embracing their talents and working with something that’s turned out to be innate to their existence. There are perhaps a handful of musicians that I could categorise in such a way.
With the release of Jonestown, Sofia Talvik easily gets over the idea of the difficult third album (younger sibling of the difficult second album) and turns out a collection that eclipses her first two. Opening track and lead single As Summers Pass recalls the past with its acoustic progressions, but the subsequent song My James Dean is astonishing.
Because it’s not what you’re expecting. Sure it has these synth pads that appear to hang over from its predecessor, but the guitar loops lower, more geared towards grooving. The best way I can describe it is the merging of the droning synth-rock of Stereolab and the sub-Spektor inclinations of El Perro del Mar with piano too.
Over the top of this comes Sofia’s outstanding vocals and a plaintiff declaration that I’m not that special. But she is.
I just got news that one of my songs won an award for Best Score/Soundtrack at the Connecticut Film Festival this weekend!
This is from the Music Supervisor/Associate Producer:
“I want to congratulate all of the bands as well as our composer Joe Carrano for the BEST SCORE/SOUNDTRACK award we won at the Connecticut Film Festival this weekend!
This is your award! We are very proud of Joe and all the great bands that have contributed to the soundtrack of this film.
We are very grateful for this award and are not surprised in getting it due to the incredible talent that you all have contributed. Even before the film was officially premiered, the soundtrack always tested very high.
Please share your accomplishment with your fans and friends…you all deserve a share in the praise!
The next stops for the film will be: The Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Woods Hole Film Festival. Both of these festivals are very well thought of and have premiered some pretty big films in the past (e.g. Rhode Island premiered the hit “Something about Mary”) so keep your figures crossed 🙂
As far as GoodNight Film, we have been very busy in preproduction with two new films that will be co-produced by Baldwin Entertainment Group (producers of the academy award winning film “Ray” ). Both of these films will be directed by A.D.Calvo (director/writer/editor/producer of “The Other Side of the Tracks”). One of these two projects is a new script written by A.D. Both of these projects are amazing (I’m especially excited about the creepy script written by A.D.!). I really wish I could say more about both these projects and will soon…
Again, the producers and myself want to extend a huge THANK YOU for your contributions to the “Award Winning” soundtrack of this film…this is your award and something to be very proud of….THANK YOU!
Music Supervisor/Associate Producer
“The Other Side of the Tracks”
In a few weeks the first single from my upcoming album “Jonestown” will be released. We’re also releasing a video to the single and the preparations are in full progress. The talented designer/tailor Sanna Nyström will design a beautiful dress for me to wear in the video, and today we met up to discuss her thoughts about the design and take some measurements.
Here’s a sneak preview of the design.
Check out more of Sannas work on http://www.myspace.com/sannanystrom
BluesBunny takes on the new album and gives it 4 carrots:
Sofia Talvik & the Tallboys, Street of Dreams, Makaki Music 2007
“Street of Dreams” is the second album from Sweden’s Sofia Talvik. This album is 13 tracks of quirky love songs that run deeper than they seem.
Highlight was the single “It’s Just Love” featuring Bernard Butler. Swooping and dramatic, this song is a convincing demonstration of the talent of those involved. Not that the rest of the album disappoints. “I Won the First Prize Tonight” sounds like a pleasant folk song but the lyrics are altogether darker. “Holding Your Hand” also sounds lightweight and fluffy but is in fact a touching commentary on the search for a soulmate. Ending on the bluesy “So Good to Me”, she tells us of the search for happiness once more. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Ms Talvik does not give us easy answers. There are no simplistic love songs here. Things do not often work out but we should never give up hope.
Charmingly performed and a fine example of the genre, this album makes for a pleasant and enjoyable listen. We think that a lot of people will like this release. Nothing offends here and you get a nice, warm feeling from it but it does bear up to closer investigation. There is a lot more substance there than the first listen indicates. Well worth tracking down therefore and adding to the collection. Available from her website.