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Big Sky Country

by Sofia Talvik

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Growing up in Sweden her music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among music lovers, but her 16 month, and 37 state long tour, through the USA (in an RV) has moved the new album 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 ”Big Sky Country”.

”Even though this young lady is from Sweden, I’d place her at the forefront of the American vanguard. One listen will tell you why and how.” - Rob Ross, PopDose.com

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. But the new album is not a diary from her tour, it’s more of a storybook of emotions, new and old in which everyone can find their own place.

Recorded in Sweden, Germany and the U.S over the course of four months the album is now being released in the U.S and Canada in April through Caroline/Universal. Although simple and acoustic, the album sounds full but not overbearingly so. Twangy electric guitars and tasteful banjo fills highlights in just the right places, as Sofia’s own acoustic guitar provides the steady base of the songs.

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released April 14, 2015

All songs written by Sofia Talvik, except ­“Starwalker” by Buffy Sainte-Marie (Kobalt Music). Vocals and ­acoustic guitar Sofia Talvik, electric and acoustic guitar, dobro and lap steel Marcus Högquist, bass Janne Manninen, drums and percussion Joakim Lundgren, banjo John Bullard, violin Mathis Richter-Reichhelm. Guest musicians on “Give Me A Home” - David Floer: cello, Jozsef Nemeth: piano. All other instruments by Sofia Talvik. The Big Sky Choir Boys: Jonas Westin, Isaac Cheong, Jim ­Magdefrau. Produced by Sofia Talvik. Recorded in Mahoni Studios, Berlin, Recipe Music Studios, Stockholm. Mixed and mastered by Mathis Richter-Reichhelm. Graphic design by Sofia Talvik.

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Sofia Talvik Gothenburg, Sweden

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 that has been described as neo-folk. She is a veteran performer with 6 original full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. ... more

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Track Name: Aha-Aha
Take a long look now in the mirror
Take a long look inside don’t be bewildered
It all changes with time we all lose our shimmer
Take a long look now
Aha-aha Aha-aha

Take a deep breath now you’ll need it later
Fill your lungs with the air
your ancestors have breathed
It will fill your soul it will make you stronger
Take a deep breath now
Aha-aha Aha-aha
Seal your heart with faith for coming seasons
Hold your sweetheart tight for all the reasons
you can think of tonight and you will bond together
Seal your heart with faith
Aha-aha Aha-aha

And if you’re scared to try, you will lose your power
You can find it inside, you can find it now
Aha-aha Aha-aha

Take a long look now
Take a deep breath now
Seal your heart with faith
Aha-aha Aha-aha
Track Name: Big Sky Country
I've seen the Blue Ridge Mountains rise tall
I've heard the San Francisco sea lions call
I left my heart in a dirty old bar
in Laramie, Wyoming, I slept in my car

And there were days when I thought; this is it
I couldn't go forward, yet I couldn't quit
I wrote this song with my love behind the wheel
but no matter how I sing it, it won’t tell you how I feel

From the red fields of Texas with their oil below
to the big sky country of Idaho
I traveled the highways where memories roam
of greatness and dreams
but now I’m going home

I felt the California sand between my toes
I smelt the sweetness of a Portland rose
But there ain't nothing that compares, you know,
to the big sky country of Idaho

From the red fields of Texas with their oil below
to the big sky country of Idaho
I traveled the highways where memories roam
of greatness and dreams
but now I’m going home

In the heart of Alabama Walter kept his house
exactly as it was when his mama was alive
And thirty thousand miles
and four hundred something days
has left me with an everlasting love for this place

And there were days when I thought; this is it
I couldn't go forward, yet I couldn't quit
I wrote this song with my love behind the wheel
but no matter how I sing it, it won’t tell you how I feel

From the red fields of Texas with their oil below
to the big sky country of Idaho
I traveled the highways where memories roam
of greatness and dreams
but now I’m going home
I’m going home
Track Name: Dusty Heart, Empty Hand
Many were the nights I stayed with you
when I should've been going home
Many were the days you promised me
Still I ended up alone

I believed the words you spoke to me
even though I saw their emptiness
I thought that if I waited long enough
they’d finally match your sweet caress

Let the day clear our deeds
as our souls forgiveness plead
Put my heart in shallow ground
till the right one can be found

I sailed this boat an ocean wide for you
to see what you’d been looking for
But there was nothing on the other side
And nowhere to call home no more

Let the day clear our deeds
as our souls forgiveness plead
Put my heart in shallow ground
till the right one can be found
Let the sun dry our tears
soften grief throughout the years
Here I stand on solid ground
Dusty heart and empty hand

Many were the nights I blamed myself
nothing I could do to make amends
But there was nothing I could save you from
I leave with dusty heart and empty hand

Let the day clear our deeds
as our souls forgiveness plead
Put my heart in shallow ground
till the right one can be found
Let the sun dry our tears
soften grief throughout the years
Here I stand on solid ground
Dusty heart and empty hand
Track Name: Lullaby
It’s the sunlight shining in through your window now
in the morning, her boots by your bed,
the warmth of her hand
It is summer and everything’s beautiful
still you wish you were dead

There’s no changing
of the seasons in this golden land
no leaves turning red on the trees, no bite in the air
There’s no darkness in where to rest your weary eyes,
to rest your weary eyes

You gave up drinking,
you thought things would get better then
colors be brighter, voices be clearer,
turns out you were wrong
You’re thinking of giving your mom a call
then you remember she’s gone

It’s always sunny here in this golden land
And her smile is so warm
and so is the touch of her hand
If only you could feel it,
all this beauty surrounding you
still you wish you were dead
Track Name: A Matter Of The Hearts
Is it because I can’t have you
because I let you go
I was the wiser of us two
but I was a fool for you

All the things I can’t tell you
that you already know
what do they matter now
and what do they mean anyhow

And the rain beats
like a thousand tapping feet on my roof
I never thought I’d miss you so
And the hail beats like a whip until my skin is raw
I deserve it ’cause I let you go

The way you used to hold me
I still think about that
But you’d always let me go
so finally I did too

I lie awake at night thinking;
It’s not a matter of the hearts
It’s what you choose to do
And you chose to let me go

And the rain beats
like a thousand tapping feet on my roof
I never thought I’d miss you so
And the hail beats like a whip until my skin is raw
I deserve it ’cause I let you go

It’s your choices that define you
all your actions that refine you
who you are, who you’ll be
if you’ll stay, if you’ll leave

And the rain beats
like a thousand tapping feet on my roof
I never thought I’d miss you so
And the hail beats like a whip until my skin is raw
I deserve it ’cause I let you go
I never thought I’d let you go

Is it because I can’t have you
Because I let you go
Track Name: Starwalker
Starwalker, he’s a friend of mine
You've seen him looking fine
He’s a straight talker, he’s a Starwalker
Don’t drink no wine

Wolf rider she’s a friend of yours
You've seen her opening doors
She’s a history turner, she’s a sweet grass burner
And a dog soldier

Holy light, guard the night
Pray up your medicine song
Oh, stake dealer you’re a spirit healer
Keep going on

Lightning woman, thunder child
Star soldiers one and all, oh
Sisters, brothers all together
Aim straight, stand tall

Starwalker, he’s a friend of mine
You've seen him looking fine
He’s a straight talker, he’s a Starwalker
Don’t drink no wine
Track Name: Bonfire
My heart is bursting at the seams
It’s too crowded with you there
Please leave or I will burst into flames tonight
I will light up the town and the sky
chest cracked open like a bonfire
Burning for you in the night
like a bonfire, like a bonfire

My heart is bursting at the seams
It’s too full to keep you there
and I have nowhere left to put that love anymore
Too close to the flames and the heat
Ashes smeared over my chapped dry lips
Burning for you in the night
like a bonfire, like a bonfire
Track Name: Jasmine, Rose & Sage
Close your eyes, press your fingers to the wall
Say your goodbyes to the one you loved most of all
She may hear or she may not
It’s the only chance you've got

Hold her hand, still so small and warm in yours
Scattered like sand, washed away to different shores
She may be or she may not
She’s the best thing that we've got

And we’ll always keep you here
we’ll always keep you here

Close your eyes, rest your head and drift away
She’s waiting there on a lovely summer day
And those sterile walls will fade
to Jasmine, Rose and Sage

And we’ll always keep you here
we’ll always keep you here
Track Name: Give Me A Home
Oh, not a word
not a sigh that can’t be heard
But once the dust has kissed your feet
you are married to this wayward beat
Oh, give me a home, where the buffaloes roam

Oh, endlessly blue
This is where I’ll stay with you
With a sky so big it’s overwhelming
Can you be my writer for a happy ending
Oh, give me a home, where the buffaloes roam

Oh, I will grow old
I will lose my faith I’m told
But once this sight has touched your eyes
you are married to those endless skies
Oh, give me a home, where the buffaloes roam

Let me stay here, with the stars dear
Let me stay here, with the stars dear
Let me stay here, let me stay here

Oh, give me a home, where the buffaloes roam
Track Name: Fairground
Going down the same road again
that I walked a thousand times before
Oh, you keep leading me as though it’s new
but I can’t do this anymore

I thought that things would change eventually
That I would find a purpose to this life
That this fairground would be filled with lights for me
And that I could be alright

Falling down the same holes again
That I thought I covered up last night
Oh, it seems I’m digging them when I’m asleep
Something about it just ain’t right

Flying over all the obstacles
that are piling up in front of me
This fairground could be filled with lights for me
but I’m blind and cannot see,
are you lighting them for me

Someone said that the cracks in you
are there to let the light shine in
I wonder if they’re enough to lighten this life
if I’m not shining from within

And even though they’re becoming more and more
I feel just as broken as before
if this fairground is a fiction of my mind
I’m not sure there is a cure
will you find me a cure

Going down the same road again
that I walked a thousand times before
Oh you keep leading me as though it’s new
but I can’t do this anymore

I thought that things would change eventually
that I would find a purpose to this life
that this fairground would be filled with lights for me
and that I could be alright
Track Name: So
The face you keep hidden under your bed
The fear that sometimes makes your feet go numb
The awful things you never said
I know you now

You’re scared of doing something bad
You’re scared of losing something you could have
All the stuff that makes you mad
I know you now

The summer sunlight in your hair
The fire in your eyes when you go mad
That worn out sweater that you wear
I know you now
And that is why I love you

The things you thought I never knew
The darkest parts you tried to keep from me
I saw the good and bad in you
I know you now
And that is why I love you so