Florida

by Sofia Talvik

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Chants of black magic, tainted with the lingering sunshine of the Florida sun...

With her fourth album "Florida" Sofia takes her sound a step further and mixes her Scandinavian heritage with the mystique of the American south, like the chants of black magic but tainted with the lingering sunshine of the Florida sun she takes us on a journey unlike any other.

2010 marks the fifth anniversary of Sofia Talvik as an artist. At least if one chooses to count from when her debut album Blue Moon. Since then she has been played on the radio several times and established himself as both artist and record label boss and May 12 she is releasing her 4th album on her own label Makaki Music.

With 'Florida' we'll see a whole new side of Sofia. From being characterized by hes subtle and stripped-down arrangements she now brings a larger sound. Mixed with acoustic instruments such as trombone and cello, we get synth bass and programmed drums and the sound is bigger and more daring than before.

"I wanted the drums to be the focus of this album and give it a backbone," says Sofia. "Some songs have both real and programmed beats, I think it provides an exciting sound that fits the new songs."

The album is called "Florida" and it is no coincidence. Sofia who have been flirting with America earlier on the album "Jonestown" that was named after an American sect, lived for a period in Florida in 2009. The title track is a diary from a rainy week in "The Sunshine State" but Sofia says that the album is related to the American South.

"Some songs are dark and a bit weird, some are sunny and summery. Common to all tracks is that they have a drive. I imagine that you listen to them at high volume in a car on the way down to Key West. It goes without saying that you become inspired by what you feel. If I would have been a lot in India, the album would have sounded completely different, but I do not think I would win anything in the U.S. by trying to sound American, they do like that I am Scandinavian, it is exotic to them."

As usual, Sofia Talvik is in the forefront of reaching out to fans and they have been able to follow the work with recording in the studio live on Ustream.

Press contact:
Jonas Westin:
info@makakimusic.se
(+46) 70 497 33 56
www.sofiatalvik.com

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released May 12, 2010

Produced by Sofia Talvik
All music and lyrics 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: King Of The Willow Tree
King of the Willow Tree

Have you made your vows today
have you promised her to stay
I have no breath left, no heart left to give

Was she thankful for your words
for the times that you have cursed
You have no chance left, no time left to pray

Are you going down
with your head held high
and your crown still hanging from the willow tree
A king to be
but not for me

I have aged a hundred years
I have shed a thousand tears
I have bowed my head, I have made my bed this way

Are you going down
with your head held high
and your crown still hanging from the willow tree
A king to be
for no one to see
A broken soul
A stack of coal
to me
Track Name: Florida
Florida

The garbage truck is running late
I can’t believe this is my fate
I’m sitting all alone
waiting for you to come back home

I watch the still life on the wall
it’s tulips on a pedestal
it doesn’t matter much to me
but we should have bought the Cherokee

We could have run away for days
from this God forsaken place

The clouds are heavy in the sky
I know it’s gonna rain but
I read on my license plate that
Florida is the Sunshine state

We left it all behind
Oh Lord, oh Lord
We’ll leave it all behind
Oh Lord, oh Lord

We could have run away for days
from this God forsaken place

A Johnny Rockets down the street
is playing 50’s music beats
Oh my God I wish they’d change
they’ve played the same songs now for days
I hear a thunder far away
the forecast says it’s gonna rain
but on my license plate it says
Florida is the Sunshine state

We left it all behind
Oh Lord, oh Lord
We’ll leave it all behind
Oh Lord, oh Lord

We could have run away
for days from this
God forsaken place
Track Name: As We Catch On Fire
As we catch on fire

I could sit like this forever
When the sun is going down
and the rays of light are lingering
on the ground

Will you turn to me, turn to me
talk to me, talk to me
tell me you really love me
Will you turn to me, turn to me
talk to me, talk to me
tell me you really need me
tell me you really need me

As I watch the daylight fading
feel the warm breeze on my face
I am filled with all the glory
of your grace

Will you turn to me, turn to me
talk to me, talk to me
tell me you really love me
Will you turn to me, turn to me
talk to me, talk to me
tell me you really need me
tell me you really need me

Take me home Icarus
the sun is burning down on us
and everything is turning
As we catch on fire

I could walk this road forever
‘till I’m left with nothing else
than the mountains as my backdrop
and the sun upon my face

Will you turn to me, turn to me
talk to me, talk to me
tell me you really love me
Will you turn to me, turn to me
talk to me, talk to me
tell me you really need me
tell me you really need me

Take me home Icarus
the sun is burning down on us
and everything is turning
As we catch on fire
So take me home Icarus
There is no one quite like us
You’re a poster girl for plastic surgery
And I’m just me
I’m just me
Track Name: In The Eye Of The Storm
In the eye of the storm

I watch time fly away
but I believe in yesterday
oh, take these golden wings from me
I don’t need them to be free
to be free

If I could travel back in time
I’d find a place that’s mine
A day forever warm
in the eye of the storm
of the storm

Clip my wings cause I won’t fly away
this is my time to stay
I don’t even think of yesterday
tomorrow’s here today
If things seem out of place
I can put them back where they belong
I’ve learnt tidiness and discipline
I’ve fought this war too long

I’ve gone too far around the bend
to find myself a friend
Oh, take these empty words from me
I don’t need them to be free
to be free

Clip my wings cause I won’t fly away
this is my time to stay
I don’t even think of yesterday
tomorrow’s here today
If things seem out of place
I can put them back where they belong
I’ve learnt tidiness and discipline
I’ve fought this war too long
Track Name: You Plate Your Heart With Gold
You plate your heart with gold

You can polish all you want to
but the stains will never leave you
you can try to make it show
but we all know
You plate your heart with gold

You can pretend to be the good guy
but those moments seem to fly by
yet a promise you can’t keep
you skip a beat and
plate your heart with gold
you plate your heart with gold

It’s cheaper than the real thing
nobody has to know
the anger and frustration inside
is cold as stone
You think that we are stupid
but no one here is fooled
we all know
you plate your heart with gold
you plate your heart with gold

You’re just going
through the motions
of what you think
is wrong or right
you’ve been lucky all these years
No one cared
you plate your heart with gold
you plate your heart with gold

It’s cheaper than the real thing
nobody has to know
the anger and frustration
We all see seeping through
You think that we are stupid
but no one here is fooled
we all know
you plate your heart with gold
you plate your heart with gold

You’re going through the motions
but no one here is fooled
You’re going through the motions
but everybody knows
you plate your heart with gold
Track Name: More Than I Should Have
More than I should have

You lift me up, you know I love it
you toss me ‘around like a rag
You lift me up, you know I loved you
more than I should have

You break my heart, then you mend it
‘till it looks like a piece of art
You broke my heart, and I forgave you
more than I should have

I was in love, you were hungry
for a different piece of meat
You got full, I banged my head
when you swept me off your feet

We had so much in common
all our bad qualities
But in the end all you gave me
were bruises on my knees

You lift me up, I can’t resist it
it makes me feel like you’re mine
you break my heart and I forgive you
time after time
Track Name: Paperhouse
Paperhouse

I’m living in a paper house
with walls so thin
you can hear me breathe
you can almost feel my skin

In my paper house
I’m moving carefully
if I let you in
will you be there for me

there for me
there for me
Will you be there for me
when I need you
Will you be there for me

I’ve been working very hard
for some piece of mind
but no matter where I look
chaos is all I find

The world is full of ugly lies
don’t you agree
If I trust in you
will you be there for me

there for me
there for me
Will you be there for me
when I need you
Oh how I need you now

It’s a poor paper house
this shelter for my heart
I know it’s not the world that I offer you
but it’s a start

there for me
there for me
there for me
Will you be there for me
Track Name: The Light
The Light

Something happened
to the light
when you came here
Something happened
to the way the sun shines
and the way the clouds move over the sky
It’s a lie
to say nothing’s changed
cause it all changed for me

Everyday I’m living in a fantasy
I’m so happy just to have you here with me
and the way you take the time to tell me why
It’s a lie to say nothing’s changed
cause it all changed for me

The day you walked in through that door
I wasn’t lonely anymore
it’s like someone turned on the lights
They shine so bright
And it’s a lie to say nothing’s changed
cause it all changed
It has all changed for me

Something happened to the light when you came here
something happened to the way the air feels
and the way I’m sleeping like a child at night
It’s a lie to say nothing’s changed
cause it all changed for me

The day you walked in through that door
I wasn’t lonely anymore
it’s like someone turned on the lights
They shine so bright
You came into my life that day
My guiding light is here to stay
My darkest hour turns to day when morning comes
And it’s a lie to say nothing’s changed
cause it all changed
It has all changed for me
Track Name: You Bring Me Back
You bring me back

You bring me back where I belong
And when I’ve lost my way
you take me by the hand and say come on
you bring me back where I belong

On this great highway that I’m on
There are so many people
and sometimes I find it hard to carry on
you bring me back where I belong

I try to find a way to make it through the day
You take me by the hand and say hey hey come on
you bring me back where I belong

God was never on my side
I’ve had to work so hard
and even when I prayed I was denied
God was never on my side

I try to find a way to make it through the day
You take me by the hand and say hey hey come on
you bring me back where
I belong

And the rule says if there is some space to stray
we will always stray
And if you cut us off then we’ll still find a way
we will find a way

Cause I may not
be around tomorrow
so I’m gonna live today
Come take my hand
and you can join me
we’ll be on our way

I try to find a way to make it through the day
You take me by the hand and say hey hey come on
You bring me back
You bring me back
You bring me back where I belong
Track Name: Maybe Then Will Be When
Maybe then will be when

Maybe when the rain stops falling
Maybe when the clouds are gone
Maybe when the bombs stop falling
Maybe then will be when

When people shake off their umbrellas
and smile towards the rising sun
When every touch is gentle
Maybe then will be when

Will be the day that I stop writing
silly love songs about you

Maybe when the trains stop running
and people throw away their clocks
Maybe when your paycheck’s coming
Maybe then will be when

Maybe if you will get married
Maybe if I do
but I doubt anything can stop me writing
silly love songs about you

Maybe when you say you love me
but I don’t think that’ll ever be
Maybe when I’m being buried
Maybe then will be when

Will be the day that I stop writing
silly love songs about you