Paws of a Bear

by Sofia Talvik

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With her wistfully gilded new album Paws of a Bear, Swedish artist Sofia Talvik gazes upon her life’s journey, carefully weighing each chapter. Lead single “Take Me Home” recently debuted in the top ten on the U.S. Folk Radio Charts, offering a hint of what’s to come for this artist on the rise. Beneath timeless layers of lush pedal steel work and a voice as angelic as it is heart-rending, Talvik explores dualities of stagnation and freedom, sacrifice and dream-chasing, work and family, along the way experiencing personal revelations that forever shift her perspectives on time, life and love.
Talvik has performed at festivals ranging from Lollapalooza to SXSW, she’s opened for Maria McKee & David Duchovny, and has collaborated with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, as well as Tobias Fröberg (Peter Bjorn and John), who produced her 2008 LP Jonestown. Talvik has taken her music across Europe and through 47 U.S. states, riding in her 1989 Winnebago Warrior, digging deep into the American sound and channeling it through her Nordic roots to create a singular brand of Americana.
Delving into folk melancholy akin to fellow Swedes First Aid Kit, Paws of a Bear de- livers Talvik’s own neatly packaged stories across its 10 stunning tracks. Haunting pedal steel intertwines with warm upright bass, acoustic guitars and piano, creating an ideal foundation for the stark beauty
of Talvik’s vocal work. Paws of a Bear plays like a picture book, flipping through some of life’s most earnest moments. Through
her unique indie-folk, Talvik’s tells her own tale, while giving listeners plenty of room to contemplate their own lives. As the album unfolds, she lures you into her world with stunning heft and grit, once again proving a master of her craft.

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released September 27, 2019

All songs written by Sofia Talvik. Acoustic guitar, Piano and Vocals, ­
Sofia Talvik. Pedal steel, Dobro and Trumpet, Tim Fleming. Electric and Acoustic guitar, Marcus Högquist.
Bass, Janne Manninen. Drums and
Percussion, Joakim Lundgren. ­Produced by Sofia Talvik.
Mixed and mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes, Svenska Grammofonstudion. Artwork by Sofia Talvik.
Released by Makaki Music 2019
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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: Take Me Home
Take me home to the sea
To the waves and the breeze
Where the salt grinds your teeth
Take me home

You can walk every road
But only one takes you home
Will I walk it alone
Take me home

How I loathed those grey days
and the salt on my face
Left for dead in the waves
memories of this place
Take me home

Walking through the empty grounds
of the closed down school
I still hear the sounds
There are only ghosts now in this town
Take me home

Leave me here on the shore
Where you found me before
I won’t ask you for more
Take me home

How I loathed those grey days
and the salt on my face
Left for dead in the waves
memories of this place
Take me home

You can walk every road
But only one will take you home
Will I walk it alone
Take me home
Track Name: Siren Song
what would you say
what would you say
what would you say

Will you fall over
Can you stand on your own
in this gray water
in this place you call home

Will these words be enough
will they take you along
will these strings be your guide
to teach you right from wrong

what would you say
what would you say
what would you say

With your heart rushing
your pulse beating in your ear
like waves crashing
adrenaline and fear

And they take you along
they take you out from shore
and the siren song
is stronger than before

what would you say
what would you say
what would you say

And they're all so clear
these questions in your mind
will it be enough
can you leave it all behind

Say you could
say you would
where will it leave you
if you do
what you do
where will it lead to

what would you say
what would you say
what would you say
Track Name: California Snow
You're my ball and chain
Crafted featherweight
Lift me to the sky
Never weigh me down

Sixteen years ago is when I knew
Even driving through this California snow
There's no place I would rather be right now
Than in this car with you

You're my better half
Four aces in my hand
Wrap me in your arms
never let me go

The years keep flowing by
Oh your love keeps flowing into me and I
Can never see a life without you by my side

Sixteen years ago is when I knew
Even driving through this California snow
There's no place I would rather be right now
Than in this car with you

Sixteen years ago is when I knew
That through sunshine
Through the rain and through the cold
Even broken down beside the road
Even in this California snow
There's no place I would rather be right now
Than in this car with you

You're my ball and chain
My sunshine through the rain
Wrap me in your arms
Never let me go
Track Name: Reflections
I look in the mirror
And all I can see
Is my mother's face staring back at me
I guess I'll grow older
Than I am today
But inside I'll always stay the same

The days they are flying
Past me so fast
What can I do to make them last
The dreams I once harboured
Have sailed long ago
Now I'm just fighting on alone

Would you believe me if I said
You still look the same as you did that day
But are we the same as we were that day
We lost our edge and the will to play
I look in the mirror and I see
A strangers face gazing back at me
When you look at me what do you see

I walk on the wind now
I follow a path
Will I find a resting place at last
My skin has grown thinner
See through at best
But I still wear my heart
outside my chest

Would you believe me if I said
You still look the same as you did that day
But we're not the same as we were that day
We lost our edge and the will to play
I look in the mirror and I see
A strangers face gazing back at me
When you look at me what do you see
Track Name: Paws of a Bear
I look to the sky
and I know you are there
My northern boy
with paws of a bear

I sometimes wonder
Did you long for me
Or just anyone
who could set you free

Chained to the circus
or chained to the road
it's the same damn chains
just a different load

If you really wanted
you could have broken free
But I guess that freedom
was not with me

My northern boy
with a heart of a bear
I might have left you
but I'm always there

Chained to the circus
or chained to the road
it's the same damn chains
just a different load

If you really wanted
you could have broken free
But I guess that freedom
was not with me

I look to the sky
and I know you are there
My northern boy
with paws of a bear

Chained to the circus
or chained to the road
it's the same damn chains
just a different load

If you really wanted
you could have broken free
But I guess that freedom
was not with me
Track Name: Pharaohs and Friends
My lung is hurting and I'm losing half my sight
But I'll put on my lashes and a halo for the night
I will tell you stories about the seven seas
Of monsters and of dragons, heroic princesses
In the enchanted forest I will let your mind go wild
You thought God would be a soldier
But she's just a little child

I'm working on a puzzle
But the pieces are a mess
I keep pushing the agenda
Like it were a game of chess
I will tell you stories of pharaohs and friends
Of the ones who live in shadows
You know how this story ends
In little town and big town
You let your mind go wild
Expecting God to be a soldier
When she's just a little child

And though my heart is rushing
It's skipping every beat
Have you ever felt the gravity
It's your own damn heavy feet
And I can tell you stories
Of pirates and a pea
But you'll just keep deciding
What you see and do not see
In the tower on the mountain
She let her mind go wild
Expecting God to be a soldier
When she's just a little child

In this world of lies and half truths
I closed my eyes and smiled
if you thought god would be a soldier
you are just a little child
Track Name: Blood Moon
The moon is red over the treetops
The sky is dark over Canyon falls
The road is long too long to follow
it just goes on into the dark

you're so far away
you're so far away
you're so far away

The moon is red from the smoke of the fires
Where there's a fire there must have been a spark
The road is a dream but I keep on going
because of the fire because of the spark

you're so far away
you're so far away
you're so far away

The moon is red someone said it's a blood moon
but what is the color of your moon today
you're so far away your moon ain't the same
your road is lined with street lights
you're so far away
you're so far away
Track Name: Wrapped in Paper
I wanted to give you
something nice for a change
I walked this town like a ghost
But I couldn't find
a single item for sale
that said I love you the most

And no one knows me like you do
You know me for better or for worse
So if someone knows, it's you
I can't put it in a box
Put a ribbon on the top
Of all the love I have for you

My hands might be empty
And my car might be old
That's the truth as you know
But together we'll never
Go hungry or cold
That I promise you

And no one knows me like you do
You know me for better or for worse
So if someone knows, it's you
I can't put it in a box
Put a ribbon on the top
Of all the love I have for you

I was walking aimlessly
From store to store
Nothing special caught my eye
I didn't even know what I was looking for
But at least I gave it a try

So I don't have a gift for you
Wrapped in paper with a bow
But if someone knows, it's you
I can't put it in a box
Put a ribbon on the top
Of all the love I have for you
No, I can't put it in a box
Put a ribbon on the top
Of all the love I have for you
Track Name: I Liked You Better
It's been a while since I heard from you
I guess I could've called but then again so could've you
At least this settles that

I heard you met a nice girl
And that she's pretty too
I bet she knows her bible
Says I'll pray for you
All you'd ever want

With me it's same old
I'm on the road again
Making money singing songs about my old boyfriends
So I guess this one will do
I liked you better when I thought I loved you

And she can count to ten
but that's it I bet
you say she's real smart
But how can she be that
If she's hanging out with you

With me it's same old
I'm on the road again
Making money singing songs about my old boyfriends
So I guess this one will do
I liked you better when I thought I loved you

I thought you were the bomb
But I learned the hard way
That balloons can be loud
If you pop them and hey
I guess that's how this bubble burst

With me it's same old
I'm on the road again
Making money singing songs about my old boyfriends
So I guess this one will do
I liked you better when I thought I loved you

In the unlikely event that I would see you again
Please don't stop to chat cause I'm not your friend
Just remember what I said

With me it's same old
I'm on the road again
Making money singing songs about my old boyfriends
So I guess this one will do
I liked you better when I thought I loved you
Yeah I guess this one will do
I liked you better when I thought I loved you
Track Name: Die Alone
So I guess that there are things I'll never know
And I might regret some things I never chose to do
Some people say that I will die alone
But isn't that the truth for everyone

And I am told I still have loads of time
You might think it's kind to say
But we both know it's a lie
Some people say that I will die alone
But isn't that the truth for everyone

Oh, believe me when I say
Love can come in different ways
So if you think that I will die alone
Well so will you and so will everyone

Some seem to think that it's a selfish act
And some people don't even know how to react
But everybody thinks they have a say
Isn't that the worst with folks today

And no, it's not that it has slipped my mind
I know the clock is ticking and I'm running out of time
But I'm not even sure that I should care
But at least I can admit the question is there

Oh, believe me when I say
Love can come in different ways
So if you think that I will die alone
Well so will you and so will everyone

And there might be things I do you don't agree with
But these are the choices that I had to make
And in the scheme of things what does it matter
It's not humanity at stake

Oh, believe me when I say
Love can come in different ways
Oh, believe me when I say
I feel loved in every way
So if you say that I will die alone
Remember so will you and everyone