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A Berlin Christmas Tale

by Sofia Talvik

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Every year I release a free Christmas single as a gift to all my fans. This year, since I'm spending Christmas in Berlin, I figured I should write a Christmas song about Berlin.

Berlin is a complex city, it’s both new and old, rich and poor and that triggered my imagination for this song. A friend of mine told me about his apartment in Friedrichshain which is huge, but run down. They're on the top floor but there are holes in the roof in the attic above them, and sometimes the heating goes out in the middle of winter and leaves the flat very cold. This reminded me of an old children’s tale by Danish author H.C Anderson, The little Match Girl (read it here) and inspired me to write sort of a modern take on the little match girl’s story.

As always the Christmas single is “pay what you want” which means you can have it for free or donate whatever you think it is worth.

A big thank you to everyone who helped me make this song come alive by adding their magic.

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released December 2, 2013
Written and produced by Sofia Talvik. Vocals, strings, bells, acoustic and electric guitar by Sofia Talvik. Electric guitar by Andreas Wennberg. Bass by Janne Manninen. Drums by Joakim Lundgren. Edited by Sofia Talvik and Jonas Westin. Mixed by Sofia Talvik. Mastered by Jonas Westin. Artwork by Erika Moeld. 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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