has through the
years played with a kaleidoscope of alternative rock and improve
musicians. She has shared stage and studio time with members from
legendary bands like Boredoms [JAP], Free Kitten [USA] The Hellacopters [SWE], AMM
[UK], bob hund [SWE], Belle and Sebastian [UK], OOIOO [JAP],
Medusas bed [Lydia Lunch project], David Sylvian, The Cardigans [SWE]
and The Sunburned hand of the man [USA], just to mention a few.
As well as played with giants like Yoshimi, John Tilbury, Ikue Mori
[USA], Eddie Prévost, Mats Gustafsson, Sofie
Agnél [FR] and many others. She works with voice, live processing,
guitar, laptop, electronic, cassette, keyboard and more. She has lived
and worked in Berlin, New York, Stockholm, Bristol and Malmö. Her latest
Album: The Norm of the Locked Room  got rave reviews and was
stated as one of that year’s most interesting releases by national and
has been called
Sweden's best-kept secret, been hailed as “an electronica queen", the
Swedish rock scenes new hope
and "the next girl
in experimental music". And a chorus of press voices has stated that
the slightest interest in alternative Swedish music must definitely
check her out" Her New album: "And the Street Light Leads to the Sea"
is being released worldwide this year. "For me it's beautiful with that
which is not perfect, in the dilapidated, broken and in the mistakes I
adventure began early. As a child she made melodies and harmonies to the
sound of vacuum cleaners and car engines, which was driving her parents
crazy. In early stages of adulthood her main playground was broken blues
and deformed rock with references to for example Nick Cave's and
Suicides most claustrophobic outbreaks. In 2006 however, her critically
acclaimed album „The Need to Destroy“ marked a shift towards sexy
electronica, heavy dance beats, grinding guitars and menacing industrial
sounds. The two following album, the Berlin-conceived „Dream“ from 2008
and 2013 hailed album "The Norm of the Locked Room“ further developed
her electronic expression both experimentally and improvisational, with
her disturbing, incantatory voice ever present.
On The new Album
“And the Street Light Leads to the Sea" She is back in the studio again.
This time playing together with a band that expresses the music that
Sofia has handcrafted and recorded alone. “My recordings and work alone
in the studio is mirrored and very present in how we play the songs
together on the recordings".
© June 2011–April 2023 Sofia Härdig & Martin Thörnquist.