Sofia Talvik | The Owls Are Not What They Seem

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The Owls Are Not What They Seem

by Sofia Talvik

Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Delusional
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2. The Garden
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3. 7 Miles Wide
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4. The War
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5. If I Had a Man
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6. Glow
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7. Circle of Friends
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8. To Watch the Bridges Burn
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9. Everyone's Favorite Concubine
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10. Bittersweet Bliss
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11. Awfully Aware
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12. Nothing Quite So Gentle
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In 2008, Sweden’s Sofia Talvik put out an impressive album — Jonestown — which wowed me with its lush
orchestrations and catchy, melancholic 60’s-pop songs, tunes that wouldn’t have been out of place on any of Goldfrapp’s NON-disco albums. The following year, Talvik released an equally ambitious, subtly-searing album called Florida that was haunted by the ghosts of Dustbowl folk and countrified Southern Gothic. In 2011, the prolific indie-songstress put out 4 EPs that previewed remixed versions of songs that would end up on this year’s full length, The Owls Are Not What They Seem. The new record is a departure for sure — still catchy in its way, though the earworms have more room to sprawl— still lush, though the flute and string accompaniments are more restrained and the tremolo guitars serve only as punctuation. What’s different this time around? Mood: Owls is a slow-burning folk pop gem that wanders and searches as if dreaming itself into being. Think Nick Drake, Kings of Convenience, and Blue-era Joni Mitchell. Talvik’s voice can be both rich and whispery, and each breath seems to bend toward some hidden sadness, as if tugged by an undercurrent we can’t quite see; but we feel its force as the music unfolds, swirls, and closes around us.