Photo Lina Rörvall
Swedish Folk/Americana artist Sofia Talvik just released a new duet that might be the most beautiful Americana ballad you'll hear all summer.
Sofia and her duet partner Swedish folk-rock singer Stiko Per Larsson were both featured in a big Midsummer concert on Swedish National TV in June. The song is really picking up on U.S radio and has already been added to several Spotify playlists.
Take Me Home is a song about home and identity, about not quite belonging but still being tied to the place where you grew up. It's a bittersweet ballad with beautiful acoustic guitars and double bass. The single was released June 26th on all platforms.
Take me Home originally appeared on Sofia Talvik's latest album"Paws of a Bear" and charted in the top 10 on U.S Folk Radio Charts for several months when it was first released.
This new version brings a new dimension to the song, almost as two star-crossed lovers singing it to each other.
Unmistakably Nordic in flavour, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with 7 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her.
Growing up in Sweden her music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favourite among music lovers, but her 16 month, and 37 state long tour, through the USA (in an RV) has moved her music closer to the Americana tradition. The adventure on the road spurred a lot of emotions, both those of triumph and joy, but also those of self doubt and defeat – all of which found their way into the songs of her 2015 album ”Big Sky Country”.
Living like a musical nomad, moving from place to place, slowly but steadily building her audience through her heartfelt and personal performances she got to experience the USA in a way few people do. The people she met opened their homes and hearts to her and some of them even made it into her songs.
The latest album “Paws of a Bear” released in September 2019 gained a lot of critical acclaim in both the U.S and Europe, charting on the top lists of U.S Folk Radio, Roots Music Report and Euro Americana Charts. The first single “Take Me Home” stayed in the top 10 of U.S Folk Radio Charts for several months. Many of the songs of the album are on the theme of home and identity.
Stiko Per Larsson is a singing-songwriter, whose music has sprung from acoustic rock, coloured with a bit of folk tradition. The lyrics captures the beautiful in the simple, with a unique voice, stories and songs about love and friendship in a precarious country.
Stiko Per has literally wandered through the country's great and small music scenes for a long time now and has built one large and loyal crowd of followers. 450 concerts during 12 years of touring covering 1000 miles on foot, and raising over 2 million Swedish Krona for SOS Children's Villages and the Childhood Cancer Foundation, Stiko is for real.
You can download the single HERE