Sofia Talvik : A Memory of Snow Review
Sofia Talvik takes her Swedish heritage and combines it with the twang of Americana to create a particular niche of folk music that has been described as neo-folk. Talvik’s songs go straight to the heart with lyrics of love and loss, and she binds them together with personal anecdotes from her many tours in the USA and Europe, creating a warm and relaxed environment for the listener. Talvik released her new Christmas single, “A Memory of Snow,” based on lost love and snowy Copenhagen. “That’s what I like about writing my Christmas songs; they’re more detached from my personal life than my other songs,” says Sofia, “I feel like I have more freedom to fable in a way.” She sings, plays guitar, banjo, and bass, and is joined by Tom Marsh (Those Goddamn Hippies, UK) on backing vocals, keyboards, and piano, as well as US Americana artist Rachel Van Plating on violin. Talvik also created the album cover art for the project.
“A Memory of Snow” opens with a haunting violin melody soon enhanced by Talvik’s steady guitar pattern. Talvik’s vocals enter and lift the spirits with her angelic and pure vocal style that magically combines Swedish sounds with Americana. The sing of Marsh and Talvik have a warm harmonic blend. The second verse is sung in Swedish, giving the song a mystical and world element. The production is clean and keeps the vocals focused for enjoyment and ease of singing-a-long.
Talvik’s ability to combine Nordic flavors with Americana highlights “A Memory of Snow.” The North Sea siren blends sparkling vocals with a hint of melancholy in the lyrics and theme. Yielding a particular Christmas song perfect for world travelers and those with a refined ear for detail. Talvik continues to show why her music has captivated listeners through seven full-length albums and numerous EPs, singles, and tours.
A Memory of Snow
November 24, 2021