The Owls Are Not What They Seem

by Sofia Talvik

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about

2011 was a busy year for me. I worked hard to get an artist visa to the US, preparing for a tour that might go on for as long as two years. At the same time I wrote and recorded a new album. Now that I’ve landed in my tour in the US it’s also time for my new album to land. "The Owls Are Not What They Seem" is a collection of 12 new songs.

My musical journey started out in 2004 when I recorded Blue Moon and me and my musicians all gathered in a basement studio in Stockholm recording acoustically and almost all the instruments at the same time. After that I tried a more common way of recording in layers, adding instruments upon instruments. For my third album I hired a producer, Tobias Fröberg and for my fourth album Florida i experimented with a bigger soundscape with more drums than I had ever used before.

For "The Owls Are Not What They Seem" I went back to basics. After having done an acoustic solo tour for my album Florida Acoustic in 2010 I felt I was in my best element when I was playing and singing at the same time without the restrains of headphones and click-tracks. So I decided to make an ablum that was the essence of that me. Just something I could record in my bedroom without the pressure of a big production, time and opinions from others.

All the songs on "The Owls Are Not What They Seem" are recorded that way. Me - playing and singing at the same time, then sparsely adding other instruments to enhance and highlight where I thought it was needed. My goal was to keep it down and make an acoustic album with a live, organic feel to it. I had no interest in changing the world or inventing something new. I just wanted to make a beautiful acoustic album.

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released 31 January 2012

All songs written by Sofia Talvik. Vocals, guitar and piano by Sofia Talvik except track 12 piano by Martin Hederos. Bass by Janne Manninen except track 1&7, bass by Sofia Talvik. Cello by Christian Hörgren. Drums and percussion by Joakim Lundgren. Flute by Mattias Bååth. Trombone by Kristoffer Jonsson. Pedal steel guitar by Anders Pettersson. Violin on track 3&11, by Hanna Ekström. All additional instruments by Sofia Talvik. Additional vocals on track 3 by Pontus Borg. String arrangement on track 11 by Christian Hörgren.

Produced, mixed and edited by Sofia Talvik except track 7 mixed and edited by Hans Olsson Brookes.
Mastered by Linus Bille A/D Union; analogdigitalunion.com.
Cover photo: Jonas Westin and Sofia Talvik.
Picture editing and Graphic design: Sofia Talvik.

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Track Name: Delusional
Maybe I was really insane
Maybe I was choosing my truth
What if I was
Disoriented and delusional

Maybe you were really sad
Maybe you were really scared
What if you were lost on the way
And delusional

Maybe we were both so wrong
Misjudging and mistaking
Confused and fantasizing
And delusional

But it's important not to blame each other
To remember the good times we shared
Maybe then we can stop being
Delusional

Delusional Delusional
Track Name: The Garden
Can you tell what the devil said
When he turned down your prayer
Can you feel what the mother felt
when she let down her hair

It's a garden of good and evil where we stay
It's a highway of endless choices where we go about way

Never turn down a call for help
Always know what it's for
You can leave your shoes by the road
You don't need them no more

And I don't know what you're looking for
But it's not here anymore
Your love is wasted in a thousand ways
And you get wasted every single day

It's a garden of good and evil where we stay
It's a highway of endless choices where we go about way

You can shut your eyes to the sun
It will shine through your mind
If you leave everything behind
Everything's what you'll find

And I don't know what you're looking for
But it's not here anymore
Your love is wasted in a thousand ways
And you get wasted every single day

It's a garden of good and evil where we stay
It's a highway of endless choices where we go about way

And I don't know what you're looking for
But it's not here anymore
Your love is wasted in a thousand ways
And you get wasted every single day

It's a garden of good and evil where we stay
It's a highway of endless choices where we go about way

Can you tell what the devil said
When he turned down your prayer
Track Name: 7 Miles Wide
The rift in our bed is seven miles wide
though I see you as though you were here right beside
I'm trying to reach out but it's just in my mind
my body's too tense and too stiff to unwind

The rift in our bed is seven miles deep
the edges are sharp and the walls are so steep
and if I could throw myself out like a dove
could the peace that I offer ever substitute love

So hold on for the night for the day
hold on for the night will not stay

Punishing you is harder on me
though it's double the torture that you don't even se
that the rift in our bed is seven miles wide
and I'm on the edge and have been for a while

So hold on for the night for the day
hold on for the night will not stay

I've nothing to cry for but I'm crying inside
as the rift moves you farther away from my side
I want to reach out but I'm just too darn proud
will you build me a bridge and I will come around

So hold on for the night for the day
hold on for the night will not stay

I know you care
I know you still want me here
in the morning
by your side
when it's dawning
And I will share
all that I feel
if you hold me till the morning baby
we can carry each other one more day

So hold on for the night for the day
hold on for the night will not stay

Finally your breathing is heavy and deep
you didn't bother and now you're asleep
And I'm still awake with a rift in my heart
but if I could speak now
where would I start

Maybe I'd say there's a rift in out bed
or maybe the rift is just in my head
I know if you'd tell me I'd know what to say
and you'd hold me and make all the pain go away

So hold on for the night for the day
hold on for the night will not stay
So hold on for the night for the day
hold on for the night will not stay
Track Name: The War
The War

I've been at so many crossroads
that I've forgotten all the turns
and I've spent all my money
on ways to wipe out my concerns

But the therapy in a tall glass of gin
is not something that leaves you blissful within

in the morning
the daylight is broken
just like the night before
and we keep sending a mayday
that never reaches the shore

The more that you sleep the more tired you get
I try to forgive but it's hard

When you turn me over
to the war
turn me over
to the war

the therapy in a tall glass of gin
is not something that leaves you blissful within

I've seen so many faces
with masks made out of clay
so stiff and immobile
just like the games they play

The more that you sleep the more tired you get
I try to forgive but it's hard to forget
How good it would feel to be senseless and numb
to not really care at all

When you turn me over
to the war
turn me over
to the war
Track Name: If I Had a Man
"If I Had A Man"

Sister if I had a man who wouldn't mind to let me down
who'd always treat me like a clown
what would you say

Sister if I loved this man who'd never come to treat me right
who'd always put me through this fright of losing him

what would you do
what would you say
wouldn't you tell me to get rid of him straight away
would you sit back and watch him break my heart
well that's not what I do

Sister if I took him back time after time
and on and on
no matter how he did me wrong
What would you say

what would you do
what would you say
wouldn't you tell me to get rid of him straight away
would you sit back and watch him break my heart
well that's not what I do
that's not what I say
Honey you shouldn't let him play with your heart this way
why won't you listen when I tell you this
Just hear me out honey be strong
no one should hurt you like he does and you know it's wrong
and it breaks my heart to watch him break your heart
you know what to do

sometimes it doesn't work out the way we planned
sometimes we fail
Track Name: Glow
"Glow"

I live on memories of a feeling
But my memory is so deceiving
repeating promises I still believe in
writing words for those who were leaving so long ago
So long ago

Trying hard to remember what I felt like
those words that almost made you melt down
those eyes that burned a hole right trough you
those days when no one really knew you
And the pain
so sovereign

The scraps and fragments I can recall
the punches and needles are not enough at all
To make my mind glow
To make my mind glow
To make my mind glow
the way only fire bestows

The street lamps are my friends when I'm escaping
from myself and the world that they are shaping
My inner fire turned into a lightbulb
I shy the sun to tell myself that it's still shining bright
my inner light

Chorus

I try to live a life that I remember
play a part that turned into a memory
I search for clues of greatness in my past life
looking forward has never been my strong side
In the past
is all that lasts

The scraps and fragments I can recall
the punches and needles are not enough at all
To make my mind glow
the way I used to
The scraps and fragments I try to grasp
the words and their meanings are running right through my hands
To make my mind glow
what do I need to do
Track Name: Circle of Friends
"Circle of friends"

This day this day I'm outside in the rain
this day this day I'm outside with the shame
I'm outside a small circle of friends
I'm outside and I ain't coming back in again

I never was a part of it anyway
I've always been a loner and a stray
I'm outside a small circle of friends
I'm outside and I ain't coming back in again

I've been I've been trying to fit in
norms and manners never were my thing
I'm outside a small circle of friends
I'm outside and I ain't coming back in again

I never was a part of it anyway
I've always been a loner and a stray
I'm only part of you and me
baby you're the only friend I need
my companion
my happiness

This life this life I'm standing on the sides
looking in on other people's lives
Taking directions as I'm walking by
Taking cover in the time I bide
I'm outside a small circle of friends
I'm outside and I ain't coming back in again

I never was a part of it anyway
I've always been a loner and a stray
I'm outside a small circle of friends
I'm outside and I ain't coming back in again
Track Name: To Watch the Bridges Burn
"To Watch the Bridges Burn"

I just wanna see you run
I just wanna see you fly
but I don't wanna be a part of it

I bite my lips I bite my tongue
I bury al the songs we sung
cause I don't wanna be a part of it
when

You drive away
I know I'll stay
behind to watch the bridges burn
You drive away
you know I'll stay
behind until the bridges burnt

Those foolish eyes ain't fooling me
I'm building cities you will see
and you will never be a part of it

The statues of me will stand tall
my name be sung in every hall
and you will never be a part of it
when

You drive away
I know I'll stay
behind to watch the bridges burn
You drive away
you know I'll stay
behind until the bridges burnt
behind until the bridges burnt
behind until the bridges burnt

I watch my darling drive away
I watch my baby drive away
I watch my baby go
behind us all the bridges burn
Track Name: Everyone's Favourite Concubine
I know you tried your best this time
to be everyone's favorite concubine
to please with all the strength you had
till your soul shattered
and you fell

You fell into the dark
You fell like a spark
You fell into the dark
You went out like a spark

I know there's not much left of you
but I collect the pieces that I knew
to be a good and faithful friend
till your soul shattered
and you fell

You fell into the dark
You fell like a spark
You fell into the dark
You went out like a spark

And my soul shatters
When i think of all you went through
and my heart's breaking
but the night is falling
and there's a war coming
you can feel them running in the dark
you can feel them running
you can hear them coming through the dark

You fell like a spark
You fell into the dark
You went out like a spark

I know you tried your best this time
Track Name: Bitter Sweet Bliss
I wake up to your sad and humdrum everyday
the grey sky, the harbor
the streets that seem to pray
for life they'll never gain

I walk down the old and worn-out avenue
past the places I always will connect to you
this used to be our town

I thought that I could leave this place behind me
never fully understood how hard it would be
it fills me with a sort of bittersweet bliss
but I can't regain the times I miss

I wake up to your sad and humdrum everyday
the one you left me the time you said you couldn't stay
it's all that I've got left

I thought that I could leave this place behind me
never fully understood how hard it would be
it fills me with a sort of bittersweet bliss
but I can't regain the times

I thought that I could leave this place behind me
never fully understood how hard it would be
it fills me with a sort of bittersweet bliss
but I can't regain the one I miss
Track Name: Awfully Aware
We are lying in your bed
the wine is spinning in my head
I want to kiss you one more time
but my lips are sore and I'm
awfully aware I shouldn't even be here
I shouldn't even be here

I want to taste it one more time
the saltiness the smoke sublime
your eyes are calling me to stay
and the door's so far away
But I'm awfully aware I shouldn't even be here
I shouldn't even be here

I should have stayed away from you
I should have run when I first saw you
I should have chosen another way
And yet I'm standing here before you
awfully aware I shouldn't even be here
I shouldn't even be here

The forest used to seem so dark
now it seems magically enchanting
I want to get lost in your thorns
I want to hide behind your branches
But I'm awfully aware I shouldn't even be here
I shouldn't even be here

It's like I can't control my mind
and I can't control my body
I keep ending up back here
though I know it'll make me sorry
And you'll never let me near
I shouldn't even be here

The dawn is breaking as I tangle myself out of your sheets
I am shaking as the cold air hits my skin and I weep
I shouldn't be here
You shouldn't be here
We shouldn't be here again
Track Name: Nothing Quite So Gentle
If you're one step from the grave
how will you know just what to say
how will you tell the tricks that time will play

If you are two steps from your life
how will you ever recognize
all of those crucial things that keep you alive

And the lighthouse at the end of the road
still shines for you
still shines for you
And the waves keep crashing into the rocks
but I'll make do
yeah, I'll make do
'cause I believe that they're still gentler
than you are

If you are three steps from your heart
how can you tell right and wrong apart
is there a rule to go by if you're unsure

And the lighthouse at the end of the road
still shines for you
still shines for you
And the waves keep crashing into the rocks
but I'll make do
yeah, I'll make do
'cause I believe that they're still gentler
than you are

If you are four steps from your skin
how will you know what's down within
down in that hollow shape that bears your name

And the lighthouse at the end of the road
still shines for you
still shines for you
And the waves keep crashing into the rocks
but I'll make do
yeah, I'll make do
'cause there is nothing quite so gentle
as you are