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’ve been performig all the songs from my latest album “The Owls Are Not What They Seem” live from different places in the US during my Drivin’ & Dreaming Tour and published them on YouTube.
This is the twelvth and final track from the album – Nothing Quite So Gentle, performed in the Palm Cemetary in Winter Park, Orlando, Florida. To record a video in a cemetary might seem like a werd idea, but I’ve always loved the eerie look of the spanish moss hanging off the trees and the old tomb stones, and the first line in the song is “If you’re one step from the grave…”.
This is probably the TOANWTS Acoustic video album version that is the most different from the album version since I originally wrote the song on the piano and had to re-interpret it for the guitar. Kinda like a cover of myself. With this song the Acoustic video album is now complete. I’ve recorded the 12 original songs in almost as many states during my 2011-2013 tour and I hope you enjoyed the scenery as well as the acoustic versions.
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]