On June 29th acclaimed Swedish artist Sofia Talvik is presenting an unplugged version of “Paws of a Bear” which was released to critical acclaim last Fall.
”Paws of a Bear, finds Talvik taking a more Americana-flavored approach – influenced by Jason Isbell, Valerie June and others” – Billboard.com
“This album is solid gold from start to finish” – Americana Highways
”Talvik’s voice is a thing of thing of singular beauty.” – Goldmine Magazine
When all her shows were canceled due to Corona, Sofia starting doing online concerts – and her fans started asking if there would be any recordings of them available. So on June 29th an unplugged version of Paws of a Bear, with 10 of the original tracks, plus two bonus tracks – all onetakes, with vocals and guitar – will be available on all digital platforms as well as a limited edition of CDs
Hansan is a Swedish / German folk duo with roots in Folk and Jazz. Hansan blends lush haunting vocals with layers of intricate cello arrangements. “Du Du Du” is the first single released from the upcoming debut album.
Hansan captures the Swedish melancholy like few others. Although all the songs on the debut album “Nattflykt” are self-composed, they make you think of everything from Jazz to old traditional folk songs. Hansan draw inspiration from the raging seas and the Swedish magical forests, but also covers more difficult subjects such as the me-too movement (Hej Då) and immigration (Sjung Min Lilla Näktergal).
First single Du Du Du, a song about break-up and independence, is released January 19th.
To make a whole album varied and exciting with just vocals and cello as the only components, Hansan has experimented with mould-breaking arrangements and chord changes that pick elements from both classical chamber music to jazzy grooves. A fifth string on the cello increases the depth of the soundscape and gives it an extra character of bass, and the different layers convey the feeling of an entire orchestra.
Modern yet traditional, light yet heavy – Hansan makes their own niche in Nordic Folk Music.
We are proud to release a new album from Sofia Talvik in September.
With the release of her new album Paws of a Bear in 2019, Swedish artist Sofia Talvik gazes upon her life’s journey, carefully weighing each chapter. Lead single “Take Me Home” recently debuted in the top ten on the U.S. Folk Radio Charts, offering a hint of what’s to come for this artist on the rise. Beneath timeless layers of lush string work and a voice as angelic as it is heart-rending, Talvik explores dualities of stagnation and freedom, sacrifice and dream-chasing, work and family, along the way experiencing personal revelations that forever shift her perspectives on time, life and love. The first single “Take Me Home” has been featured on many radio station across the U.S and Europe.
During 2020 Sofia Talvik will do a couple of US and European tours to promote the release.
Every year Swedish artist Sofia Talvik writes a Christmas song to her fans. This year the title of the song is “Poem At Year’s End”
Sofia Talvik asked her fans what they thought she should write about this year, and many wanted something political.
“To be honest that made me feel exhausted” says Sofia. ”There has been so much politics, and so many fights the last few years that the last thing I wanted to do was to write a political Christmas song. So instead I decided to write something that everyone could listen to and enjoy with an open heart, and a calm mind. This is nothing more than a poem about the end of the year, and that is why I called it ”Poem At Year’s End”
The beautiful cello harmonies by David Floer, and soaring horns by Tim Fleming makes you think about 60’s folk songs, like the tunes of Nick Drake. Sofia’s angelic voice is bearing the tale about the passing of the year.
For over 10 years Sofia has made it her tradition to write and release a free Christmas single every year. This year she has re-imagined, re-recorded, re-mixed and re-mastered these songs to make them come together as an album. This album is so unique, not just because 13 of the 14 songs are originals but because the songs focus on the darker side of Christmas, something you don’t hear that often in Christmas music.
Soft keys and soaring pedal steel guitar bring the melody forward and lift Sofia’s voice as the true feature of the song. Things don’t always end the way you picture them, or the way you would wish them to. Looking out from that window on Christmas Day, will it be a winter-wonder-land or a dark rainy day? Will you be with your loved one, or will you be alone?
The lyrics carry the story forward as the song culminates in a carol-like chorus bringing us all the way back in to the churches of the old days with their towering ceilings filled with music. This tasteful production will remind you of Ryan Adam’s Shadowlands and bring your thoughts to Kate Bush’s etherial piano songs, like ’This Woman’s Work’.
Written by Sofia Talvik. Piano, Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums by Sofia Talvik. Pedal Steel Guitar by Tim Fleming. Cello by David Floer. Produced and Mixed by Sofia Talvik. Mastered by Jonas Westin. (c) 2016 Makaki Music.
“As a reaction to the recent events in the USA and the political climate world-wide I wrote this song, ’Clothe Yourself for the Winter’, using ’winter’ as a metaphor for the cold, harsh times we seem to be entering.
On that note I am putting this song out as a free download, but with the hope that you instead of paying me, will make a donation to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits.”
In her 2015 yearly Christmas single, Swedish Americana songstress Sofia Talvik takes on Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell and all the other men singing about the working man.
“It’s time to sing about the working woman” Talvik says.
The song is about a hard working single mother the day before Christmas, and her thoughts and longings about a better life for herself and her kids, trying to make the best of what she has.
Swedish folk meets Nashville in this new single which features a haunting violin played by Hanna Ekström and bright guitars by Sofia Talvik.
Talvik who releases a Christmas single every year has made it her trademark to sing about the less cheery part of the holiday season.
“This is my tribute to all hard working women out there”, Talvik says.