Thursday, December 8, 2022

New Music: Sofia Talvik "Snowman"

A new Christmas song from Sofia Talvik is as expected each season as the arrival of a certain jolly old elf, and surely as welcome.  Every year since 2007 Sofia has gifted the world a new Christmas song, all originals, all beautiful.  On her splendid 2017 album "When Winter Comes", a collection of all of her Christmas singles, she included her only cover, a rendition of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day".

Sofia continues her tradition this year with "Snowman", a beautifully composed and performed song that incorporates hints of jazz and pop into her natural folk style.  The gorgeous music will evoke images of a light snowfall, a windless night, a deep chill in the air, a serene wintry scene.  

And then you listen to Sofia's magical voice, singing some very dark, perhaps a tad unsettling lyrics.  Turns out ol' Mr. Snowman is a bit of a bad dude.  Sofia has long written songs that lean toward the dark aspects of Christmas.  Her 2019 single "Christmas Train", for example, is an allegory about Krampus.  Maybe her Scandanavian roots and the Yuletide legends of that region of the world (heard of Jólakötturinn, the Icelandic Yule Cat?) contribute to the undertones of her songs.  

Photo by Jonas Westin

Sofia's music is enchanting, beautiful, and in it's own way, superbly refreshing in its darkness.  She is a darling of the world of Christmas music, treating us once again to a unique, exquisite song for the holiday season.

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