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Sofia Härdig is nominated to Composer of the Year by Manifest 2017.
SOM [Swedish Independent Music producers] and SKAP [Swedish Composers of Popular Music]

"Cool, spooky electro-rock-trip into the darkness. Combining rock and electro is not new. But few go this way as cool as the Swedish Songwriter. "Changing The Order" is a fast-paced night-ride, and Härdig does not shy away from looking into the dark corners of the soul, without for a moment losing the sharp focus of her songs… Portishead, New Order and Sonic Youth merge in this music. “:///Rolling Stone 

”There is no other way to describe Swedish artist Sofia Härdig than as a future rock goddess." ://The Revue US

"‘new queen of alt-rock...a must listen for all fans of alt-rock." ://The National Student" UK

"She is" Sweden's best-kept secret “If I did not know better, I'd guess at a new, New York artist that has taken shape in Brooklyn hipster quarters. But Sofia Härdig is based in Malmö and is already star on the international rock scene. ...called "an electronic queen" and "Sweden's best-kept secret". She hailed for her headstrong style. It is sprawling but with a clear line. Imagine Patti Smith backed by Sonic Youth. Or a young Polly Harvey with a heavy artillery of guitars. Beautiful and annoying ... The voice found its expression and Sofia proved to be a heavily equipped guitarist of American grunge and the late 90's indie rock. perhaps not surprising that she has had time to play with members of Sonic Youth, Hellacopters, Belle and Sebastian, The Cardigans, Fläskkvartetten, Lydia Lunch and, of course, Bob Hund, whose guitarist, John Essing, has been co-producing Sofia's new album. In addition, she has played in most of Europe and in the USA - and received glowing reviews... "A masterpiece of deconstruction and reconstruction ...” Sound of Music has written about her. In Denmark, writes the press that Sofia "gives new hope to the Swedish rock scene" and in Berlin devotes the largest radio station two hours at her album release ... With this album, Sofia of course her constant partner, bob hund's John Essing. In the centre stands Sofia songs, voice and rumbling, dark guitar mangle " ://Olle Berggren Expressen [SE] Main National Swedish paper

"some darn powerful vocals…. the upcoming album Changing The Order, takes the post-punk of bands like The Cure and Joy Division and mixes it perfectly with her own creative vision, resulting in a raw, synth-heavy experience." ://Pure Grain Audio US

"The next girl in experimental music":// Radio Eins

"The lyrics and vocals contain a marvellous urgency" ://EARMILK [UK]

"Majestically. In summary, a high-quality production that leaves an intense and powerful imprint" ://NöjesGuiden [SWE] National Swedish paper

"Overwhelmingly great…So radiant!… brilliant... Rock at its best." HHHH+
://Mats Lundgren,HIFI & Musik [ SE] [National Music Magazine]

"In the crossroad where electronic, rock, noise, art and darkness meet we find Sofia Härdig. Always interesting and challenging" ://SONIC MAGAZINE [ full spread in national Swedish music magazine]

"Sounds like Blondie moved to Manchester in 1978 and hired Pelle Ossler as a guitarist. As you understand, it's terribly good… Tomorrow it's released, then you will understand." ://482MHz nr:1 at "best right now" March 2018 

 "This Swede has collaborated with everyone from Grammy Award winners The Hellacopters to Yoshimi from Japanese noise-rockers Boredoms and is noted for pushing the experimentation envelope. And she’s pushing it on her new album, but still doing what she does best and that’s combing electronica with plenty of rock elements with dark wave synths imbued with plenty of judder. And she’s just as happy slowing the pace and upping the atmospherics as she is ramping up the BPMs." ://THE CRACK MAGAZINE [UK]

"With sweet tools, Sofia Härdig can strike the world with amazement. A guitarist from bob hound, a concert pianist from Australia and a synthesizer who had made a success on the Antique Round. A musical visionary can use them all. Sofia Härdig steps up and manages the task greatly on the new album, Changing The Order… Sofia Härdig is often compared to PJ Harvey, Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine. Heavy references but Härdig does a good job of cutting out her own niche"
://Sydsvenskan [SE]

 

“Sweden’s best-kept secret” ://SONGWRITING Magazine [UK]

"embodies the post-punk sound similar to that of The Cure and transforms it into a unique sound of her own." ://Music News

"Sofia Hardig doing exciting things ... beneath the surface bubbles Sonic Youth .. combine the blue-bottomed vocal rock temperament
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Johanna Paulsson DN Swedish National Press

"Her singing has the same kind of absolute urgency that Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine once has." ://ROLLING STONE

"rage and desire create and splits the emotional cosmos created by the multi instrumentalist Sofia Härdig… impressive…self-confined" ://INTRO [DE]

"this outstanding Swedish artist with her high-class mix of New Wave, Synthpop, electro. postpone and indie rock" ://In München [DE]

"it sounds like the very cutting edge of the postal Rock movement of the late 70s. It also has its Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine moments and also heading towards New Order/Depeche Mode sounds" ://Der Neue Tag

"Sofia Härdig is definitely one of our fave rockers whose music reflects everything absolutely great about rock…period." ://ColoRising UK

"Especially successfully and great are pieces like "Glass", "Is It" or "Resonation", which is not only straight-cool [dark] wave are a central element but also classical experience, and in which Härdig sounds la bit like Siouxsie Sioux [or, for those born later: like Camille Berthomier aka Jehnny Beth / Savages]. 5/5 stars ://Westzeit [DE] 

"the opener "iLLUMiNATE" only runs for a couple of seconds and it's clear: Sofia Härdig is the new queen of darkwave. What has been indicated, on her last albums, is on Changing The Order presented almost in perfection by the Swede. And "almost" just because from Härdig we can most certainly expect some more in the future. …her vocal expression is completely her own, Her vocals are cool and distant, full of passion, Power, and emotionality…To whom Zola Jesus is too sacral and morbid, Sofia Härdig is similar darkly oriented, but working this field, she added the throbbing heart" ://Christina Mohr, Missy Magazine

"No offence Mando Diao or The Hives, but the opener leaves the usual rock suspects from Sweden looking pretty pale…Sofia Härdig manages to keep you hooked with excitement the whole album. With her hypnotizing voice..." ://Kreuzer [DE]

"Sofia Härdig works her voice, Guitar, Laptop, Electronic, Cassette, Keyboard and more. The multi-instrumentalist is located in the metropolitan areas of Berlin, New York, Stockholm, Bristol and Malmö, she also has been called "the next girl in experimental music" The multi-instrumentalist Sofia Härdig describes her music as electronic with roots in noise and New Wave. She mentions as inspiration quite a few, like Alan Vega, Nick Cave, Einstürzende Neubauten, Neu and Can…She has made this album on her own, and played, recorded and produced. It has been recorded in her studio and on tour with guest musicians. A great song that the albums start off is iLLUMiNATE." ://Radio Eins Silke Super

"bloody cool. The young Patti Smiths meets Lydia Lunch for Lunch in CBGB, the girls from B-52 happens to be in the same place, on the stage are at the moment Television playing a song by Suicide and everyone starts to jam. Fuzz, Twang, Echo, staccato-drums, bouncing-bass, a barking voice. Yes, these songs hurt, goes deep under the skin, disturb, touches, provokes, Damn cool, but we already said that." ://Der Neue Tag [DE]

"In the electro/pop genre, she simply does not have to fear any competition. Sofia Härdig has the talent, sub-suitable rhythms, exciting, powerful sounds and such density, to create really hypnotic tracks. To dance and drift away to. Those interested in Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Peaches should also follow Sofia Härdig" ://CD of the Month Stadtblatt Oldenburg

"With sweet tools, Sofia Härdig can strike the world with amazement. A guitarist from bob hound, a concert pianist from Australia and a synthesizer who had made a success on the Antique Round. A musical visionary can use them all. Sofia Härdig steps up and manages the task greatly on the new album, Changing The Order… Sofia Härdig is often compared to PJ Harvey, Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine. Heavy references but Härdig does a good job of cutting out her own niche" 
://Sydsvenskan [SE]

 

"Swedish musician Sofia Härdig obviously has an affinity with the era of the '80s post-punk, still considered an" insider's tip ", talented as a child as she created tunes to the sound of vacuum cleaners and engines, and later took a liking to the brutal Blues by Nick Cave ... With her laptop and her guitar, she creates a cosmos of sound in repetitive structures that is both hypnotic and transcendent ... she finds beauty in the brittle and in details that have edges, making "Changing the Order" with its cool sounds contemporary for our digital life " ://Deutschlandfunk Kultur [DE]

"a very strong album that you, once it grabs you, will love passionately for its energy and imaginativeness" 5/6 stars ://Nordische Musik

"the Swedish artist reflects the very ideal of what a true rock star looks, feels and sounds like.” ://ColoRising [UK]

"From Sweden comes a portion of edgy romanticism, mixed with the feeling: What really excites me "..." already on her solo debut 2006 she impressed with a balancing act between Electronic, Dance beats, Indie and Industrial. Today, she has carved a band with whom she would make Siouxsie and the Banshees and PJ Harvey proud. The songs vary between 80s-cool and strong storytelling, are brittle and edgy, always with indie rock guitars, up to the feedback storm. And they have a lot of dance appeal…" four stars ://Westzeit [DE] 

”Sofia Härdig is almost definitely the best thing to come out of Sweden since the country’s sporting hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. One for the future…” ://The Pentatonic [UK]

"Swedish singer/songwriter Sofia Härdig’s electronic rock has won her high praise with her vocals likened to Patti Smith and her music to New Order. Let Me Fall is an impressive anthem and the 80's influences is heard elsewhere with echoes of The Cure and Depeche Mode" ://Peterborough evening telegraph [UK] Print

"A pulsating mix of post-punk and electro from Scandinavian artist Sofia Härdig. Razor sharp guitar lines mix with arpeggiated synths, whilst Sofia’s vocal echoes around in constantly shifting layers. New wave acts like New Order are certainly an influence on the track, but the sonic experimentation and intensity set it apart." ://Bristol Live Magazine

"With nice tools, Sofia Härdig can strike the world with amazement. A guitarist from bob hound, a concert pianist from Australia and a synthesizer who had made a success on the Antique Round. A musical visionary can use them all. Sofia Härdig steps up and manages the task greatly on the new album, Changing The Order… Sofia Härdig is often compared to PJ Harvey, Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine. Heavy references but Härdig does a good job of cutting out her own niche" ://Sydsvenskan [SE]

 

" Swedish Rock Sensation Sofia Härdig " ://The Joy Of Violent Movement [US]

"Sofia Härdig creates tremendous guitar rock reminiscent of Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey in their most dissolute moments. Incredibly strong!" ://SIMBA [SWE] [ Swedish music industries paper]

"She stands in the 80:s the Swede Sofia Härdig the synthesizers run wild, the voice is restrained, the loneliness and alienation is everywhere and the favourite time is the night" ://Radio Eins, Holger Luckas

"Noisy, desert, furious and catchy at the same time. Terrible Good." ://HYMN [SE]

"Sofia Härdig is a true heroine of rock & roll. Proving to walk various scales of the genre seamlessly, her latest single ‘iLLUMiNATE’ combines sparking electronica with a sleek new wave sound, finding Härdig comfortably at home, delivering ear-grabbing vocals, firm and commanding." ://ColoRising [UK]

" a "heroine of sound" ://Kulturnews [DE]

"Sweden’s best kept secret,, Now we want to see more of her!" ://Plaza [SE] [National Swedish Magazine]

 "she’s at the forefront of a blogosphere attention … the queen of electronic rock. ..Härdig’s latest single “iLLUMiNATE” is an atmospheric, 80s-inspired, glistening and moody synth-pop track consisting of layers of shimmering and arpeggiated synths, a subtle rhythm guitar, a sinuous guitar line and a sultry hook — and while in some way reminding me of Stevie Nicks “Stand Back” and The Cars “Drive," ://The Joy Of Violent Movement [US]

“the rocktronica queen … Hardig has proved herself to be an innovative artist worthy of her royal title…" ://Gig Slutz

"BORN TO WIN ... La-La-La Härdig is on the verge of bursting in like one of the new jewels of the inexhaustible Scandinavian mine There is no doubt that you will end up hearing and speaking of the extraordinary voice and the charisma” ://Rock Sound, [SPAIN]

"a very strong album that you, once it grabs you, will love passionately for its energy and imaginativeness" 5/6 stars ://Nordische Musik

all the songs of this album take a firm grip of you … Sofia Härdig wants you, and she wants all of you, you will sweat and dance or melt with despair, just as the mistress commands... So, cut the Smith and Harvey comparisons and give a big proper celebration to Sofia Härdig." ://Christina Mohr | Kaput Magazin [DE]

rises mighty tall with skyscraper synths & extremely potent rhythm sequences. Utilizing a blend of classic piano, crucial electro-keys & a cello; Härdig paints post-apocalyptic portraits of our modern day world that fuses our perceptions of the world’s constructs with the soundtrack to the most intense computer game imaginable." ://Impose Magazine [US]

"krautrock, the 80;s, a little bit of postpunk. Depeche Mode, New Order and a bit of nick cave, altogether an unbelievable exciting album from a woman that also equipped with a very fantastic voice, a stunningly great album" ://Querbeet

"Sweden has been lacking a strong female rock-voice. Sofia Härdig has a great voice and strong lyrics which provides new hope for the Swedish rock-scene... splendid.." ://Musikkanmedelse, [DK] 

"Sofia Härdig is conquering the world with her voice ..." ://Sydsvenskan [SE]

 "Candidate for one of the best albums of 2017! …Sofia Härdig manages like no one else to connect the restless 80ies Pop á la Joy Division or Nick Cave with modern structures. The result is so tight, so hypnotic, that everything can be packed in from Peaches to PJ Harvey. To Sofia’s declared fans belongs, for example, Belle And Sebastian… Now many more will be added." ://Stadtblatt Osnabruck [DE]

"electronic music, rock, noise rock, indie rock, Jazz, noise, ambient, electronic music a woman that has managed to make a great mix of all this on her last album Sofia Härdig. Changing The Order that reminds of Can, electronic pioneers like suicide, but also experimental rock and indie rock" ://Sound Und Vision

"Sofia Härdig lives up to her rocktronica reputation with her new single… It’s a contemplative rocktronica song that demonstrates Sofia’s tight control over her craft" ://Indie Berlin

 

"Sofia Härdig could be considered the contemporary incarnate blend of every post-punk band ever…This is where Härdig’s genius really comes out... Not only is the sound aesthetic impressive, but her voice is equally wonderful. She is a powerhouse of impassioned and emotional lyrics, ... a great mixture of time periods, the ’80s and contemporary alt-rock. The instrumental effects are well balanced and really showcase Härdig’s all-important lyrics " ://Indie Band Guru [US]

"The Swedish Sofia Härdig plays the lovely mix of wave-pop, Post-Punk, and Dark-Wave, that from Joy Division, Nick Cave and Sonic Youth...The Multi-instrumentalist and singer have penetrated the spirit profoundly… Changing The Order will bring the great breakthrough" ://Märkisches Medienhaus [DE]

 "Sofia Härdig is on her journey to release her new album it’s in the same experimental and transparent way the critics and listeners all over the world has loved about her. The album, a sequel to the critically acclaimed ”And The Street Light Leads to the Sea”, is named ”Changing The Order” ://Vandala Magazine

”Swedish firebrand of a musician; electrifying power of modern electronic rock and roll, and marvel at the way that mysterious thing called EDGE still exists, at least in whatever studio this woman works in… She’s a truly important, powerful sonic auteur who is slowly building a peerless recording catalogue that deserves the full attention of rock fans around the world.” ://Zachary Mule [US]

"Sofia Härdig is a true heroine of rock & roll. " ://SoloRising [UK]

" The band plays denser, the songs are better, the sound has more room - and the guitars [Sofia Härdig and John Essing]: now with more pressure, more energy, more power. It roars and whispers, thunders and hisses: Sofia Härdig and her band no longer sounds like PJ Harvey, but stretching more like Sonic Youth… these Guitars! [Sofia Härdig and John Essing]And when the blues really crashes in, Mark Lanegan's masterpiece "BUBBLEGUM" comes to mind... a fantastic half hour" ://Nordische-Musik [DE]

"One of this year's most exciting releases" ://Mattias Grenholm, CITY [SE]

"wonderful" ://Expressen, Swedish National press [SE] 

"I am prepared to join in the chorus of praise. The album is both good, evocative and challenging ... I will not hesitate to proclaim Sofia Härdig to one of the year's most interesting, Swedish artists. Anyone with the slightest interest in Swedish alternative music should definitely check out this album! ://Johan Arenbo ZERO Magazine [SE]

"Härdig impresses with her big electrifying voice that stretches from the cellar to the rooftops" ://VISIONS [DE]

"This is what Batman would play in his bat mobile Swedish rocktronica artist Sofia Härdig captures the loneliness and peaking creativity [or madness] that happen during the late hours of the night in her new single “iLLUMiNATE.” Blending experimental samples, rock’s grittiness, and icy ambience, Sofia carves an expansive soundscape that is soothing but dark as well. If you were looking for a song to accompany you during the late hours of the night, “iLLUMiNATE” hits the spot: Having worked with big Swedish artists, including Grammy winners The Hellacopters and bob hund, Sofia is no amateur when it comes to her craft" ://AUPIUM

"Here she builds a shadowy electronic groove, spices it with a chilly piano and sings straight out to the night with her bluesy Patti Smith-voice about a loneliness that can light up the night sky. It's well-composed, with a handsome production signed Jari Haapalainen, and should work excellent at clubs this spring" ://482MGhz

"I am very happy to be able to recommend a really good album... All the way through it sounds most fantastic and overwhelming. I can't recommend tracks, the entire album is so strong." ://Platten Vor Gericht [DE]

"Sofia Härdig is conquering the world with her voice..." ://Sydsvenskan [SE]

 "Sofia Härdig is on her journey to release her new album it’s in the same experimental and transparent way the critics and listeners all over the world has loved about her. The album, a sequel to the critically acclaimed ”And The Street Light Leads to the Sea”, is named ”Changing The Order” ://Vandala Magazine

"Sofia Härdig works her voice, Guitar, Laptop, Electronic, Cassette, Keyboard and more. The multi-instrumentalist is located in the metropolitan areas of Berlin, New York, Stockholm, Bristol and Malmö, she also has been called "the next girl in experimental music" The multi-instrumentalist Sofia Härdig describes her music as electronic with roots in noise and New Wave. She mentions as inspiration quite a few, like Alan Vega, Nick Cave, Einstürzende Neubauten, Neu and Can…She has made this album on her own, and played, recorded and produced. It has been recorded in her studio and on tour with guest musicians. A great song that the albums start off is iLLUMiNATE." ://Radio Eins Silke Super

"Sofia Härdig is a musical force… Sofia Härdig is one of Sweden’s musical weapons, having blasted off with fiery rock & roll and post-punk like a general on the front line" ://ColoRising UK

"Exciting music at the borderline of Industrial, Kraut, and avant-garde… It's the industrial, mechanical and avant-garde piece that you also find in bands like Suicide the German Kraut legends CAN and NEU, and Einstürzende Neubauten. This and the desire to explore and create new makes Changing The Order an exciting album where art music and rock unite and creates something unique" ://ZERO MAGAZINE 7/10

"A rush of dark and glossy ink and mystery, “iLLUMiNATE” is the pulsing, spiked and spellbinding new single from Sofia Härdig." ://The Autumn Roses

"The Swede Sofia Härdig has made a name for herself in the experimental avant-garde pop scene for many years and presents herself with no compromises on the new work "Changing The Order"… Sofia understands and masters to perfection the art of creating interesting suspense over and over. And at last but not least- Sofia's voice and it's very pleasing accidental sonic proximity to Siouxsie Sioux, especially in urban rocking moments, makes the listener smile in satisfaction." ://Gästeliste [DE]

"formidable!" ://Human Cannonball [DE]

"Sofia Hardig stuns with latest experimental rock single" ://The Concert In Concert [SPAIN]

"She stands in the 80:s the Swede Sofia Härdig the synthesizers run wild, the voice is restrained, the loneliness and alienation is everywhere and the favourite time is the night" ://Radio Eins, Holger Luckas

”If you only listen to one song tonight, make it "Low and Slow" by Sofia Härdig” ://This Is That Song [UK]

"All friends of talented, Swedish electronic/Indie got something to look forward to" ://Zero Magazine [SE]

"Powerful synths and a determined beat make a gorgeous backdrop for her intoxicating vocals" ://Beehive Candy

"Uncompromised by Sofia Härdig ... intense and dissolute rock ... the album explodes right in your ears right. It's about expressive but still controlled Rock… Not at least, of course, it is about a singer who can let her self-go with a big expressive range. Sofia knows how to get her voice to tell restrained drama and simply get it to claim its rightful place. Which is grand. Uncompromised!" four jackdaws in ://UNT [SE]

"the new Sofia Härdig album and it is wonderful, alt-rock brilliance." ://James Thornhill [The National Student] [UK]

"a masterpiece" ://Sound Of Music [SE]

"Swedish ear candy...after the more than promising THE NORM OF THE LOCKED ROOM 2013. Her newest work has the title AND THE STREET LIGHT LEADS TO THE SEA... Sofia has stripped her songs bare of all clothing that just left them pure skinned and hard rocking" ://Orkus Magazin [DE]

Sofia Härdig’s time as a secret is over! All signs are here on a gigantic leap forwards …it makes an impressive whole. … so completely succeeded with this impulsive natural force in the studio. ://Plattentest [DE] rated 10 out of 10 by the readers

"absolutely superb. world class actually ..." ://Gaffa [SE]

"Great soundscape, monotonous staggering while guitars are swaying in different directions to fantastic vocals in fast song on a high level." ://Freak Magnet [SWE]

”Her voice casts a bewildering spell as the music crashes down around you. Luxuriating in post-punk's roiling waters, she treads out further than many of her astringent peers and finds an entirely new noise out there in the deep… underneath the noise is a melody that just won't leave your head— her ability to pair the ragged sounds of her music with an unforgettable melodic precision is exactly what keeps her two steps ahead of anybody else who happens to be treading these waters….. You'll be covered in sweat and grime by the time the song ends, and you'll absolutely be anxious to do it all again immediately.” ://Nooga

"Sofia Härdig was already among others on the road with musicians from among other bands like The Hellacopters and The Cardigans. This wild mixture illustrates well the versatility of a female artist, which is also reflected in the uncompromising album between Indie and Electronica." ://Münchner Merkur! [DE] 4 stars

One could try to make associations to other artist, but let this stand as a product of Sofia Härdig. This is so perfect! [4 stars] ://Westzeit [DE]

"Sofia Härdig’s "iLLUMiNATE" Goes Out To All The Nocturnal Creators and Heroes. This is what Batman would play in his bat mobile. Swedish rocktronica artist Sofia Härdig captures the loneliness and peaking creativity [or madness] that happen during the late hours of the night in her new single “iLLUMiNATE" ://AUPIUM [US]

"After the her last highly acclaimed albums "The Norm "and "And The Street Light Leads To The Sea ", the new Sofia Härdig album "Changing The Order" is out 20.4.2018 on Solaris Empire. Grown during long winter nights on Computer and in the studio with a handful of brilliant guests. It oscillates between Dark Wave and yeah yeah yeahs. With greetings to the 80ies Sofia’s experimental character shines through her new material where rock and electronic Influences connect with each other." ://RHEIN MAIN Magazine [DE] print

"it's downright delicious. It resembles one of the archaic ancient powerful goddesses that lure the ear canals with electrified energy... This Singer-Songwriter blows around a powerful aura of secrets that can equal butterflies flutters... The results are as spellbinding" ://Lie in The Sound [DE] 

"One of best electropop synthpop song of 2018" ://Find A Song Blog 

"Swedish native Sofia Härdig delivers a spiky piece of perfect slacker pop …These days it can seem as though everything we do is being controlled in some way. This is why it’s so refreshing when someone comes along and truly embraces the concept of freedom, especially when this approach results in subversive alt-pop gems… The track delivers a confident Pavement swagger with plenty of attitudes… Embracing freedom can lead to some amazing things." ://Killer Ponytail

"It’s a powerful electro-rock tonic, but damn addictive. I love it" ://Rambling Pony

"Electronic pulsating in a desolate but rich soundscape where a star lights up the night sky with its luminous song and thus the search can end radiant" ://FREAKMAGNET

"magically attracts … Beautiful...Härdig's deep singing and spoken word voice is concise and has that unique certain something" ://Melodiva [DE]

"A rush of dark and glossy ink and mystery, “iLLUMiNATE” is the pulsing, spiked and spellbinding new single from Sofia Härdig". ://Autumn Roses

"It's a euphoric, heavily textured amalgamation of synths, piano, cello and guitar drawing inspiration from new wave, house, New Order and Depeche Mode with a 90s dance edge." :// The National Student [UK]

"reminiscent of The Kills. Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart in a unified person, so to speak, but with real bass and real drums. The rhythm group ensures good pressure and fits with the warm sound to the cool voice and the distorted guitar, which also could be next to Iggy Pop…. imprinted, claustrophobic, but consistently rocky…the pieces leave a strong impression" ://Laut [DE] 

" punchy offering of post-punk, nowave influenced energy that will make its mark wherever it’s heard." ://The Wandering Lamb

"‘energetic and all-out magnificent!" ://ColoRising

"rises mighty tall with skyscraper synths & extremely potent rhythm sequences. Utilizing a blend of classic piano, crucial electro-keys & a cello; Härdig paints post-apocalyptic portraits of our modern day world that fuses our perceptions of the world’s constructs with the soundtrack to the most intense computer game imaginable." ://Impose Magazine [US]

"Damn good. ... She will become a" household name "among rock people ... It is not a question of whether or not she makes it big time, but WHEN. Remember where you read it first. " ://Lars Thulin, Ystad Allehanda [SE]

 

All hail the new electronica queen! .., Hardig takes a commandeering approach to the genre, sculpting coolly dramatic synthesizer parts, edgy mechanized rhythms and her own gripping, vulnerable vocals into an unsettling aural experience that's like nothing else out there& The results are unsettling, hypnotic and brilliant." ://Kevin Renick / Playback, St. Louis, USA 

 

"Your sucked into the music that seems to grow by 100% for each listening... modern rock electronica to be imitated and copied by wannabes. Themselves, they put themselves in the driver's seat for good!/ ://Groove [SE] National Swedish music magazine

 

” the star of this track is Härdig's vocal performance. There are moments when she submits herself to subdued, intimate phrases; gentle confessions like "To the day, we are..." And then in others, she hollows out long pained notes that reach deep into her gut to pull out honest emotion. And the opening riffs of the guitar are like the garnish to this plate she serves scorching hot…Sofia Härdig is yet another brilliant export from the flock of Scandinavian gems." ://ROUGH GLOBAL

"An impressive and strong & a very exciting, interesting artist and songwriter who you definitely will hear more about in the future..." ://Musikindustrin [SE] 

"Here she builds a shadowy electronic groove, spices it with a chilly piano and sings straight out to the night with her bluesy Patti Smith-voice about a loneliness that can light up the night sky. It's well-composed, with a handsome production signed Jari Haapalainen, and should work excellent at clubs this spring" 

://482MGhz SE

"Powerful synths and a determined beat make a gorgeous backdrop for her intoxicating vocals" ://Beehive Candy

"Electronic pulsating in a desolate but rich soundscape where a star lights up the night sky with its luminous song and thus the search can end radiant" ://Freakmagnet [SE]

There's a sense of reckless creativity that infuses her songs with a grit and density often lacking in the work of other musicians who experiment with these sounds… Härdig reveals a ragged and noisy devastation that perfectly suits her fiery punk fluorescence. Imbued with a serrated late '70s New York attitude, she wanders through these bruised landscapes, taking stock of the world around her and the possibilities it affords her.... Riding the crest from one track to the next, Härdig never relents, and explores these warped rock wavelengths with all the nuance and ferocity that fans have come to expect." ://Nooga [US]

"Sofia has stripped her songs bare of all clothing that just left them pure skinned and hard-rocking... Härdig’s velvety dark singing together with the humming bass will stand by you, like a skin of overall good feeling " ://Orcus Magazine

" the rocktronica queens find freedom in experimenting and releases aggression with wonderful freedom." :// The National Student

"Wow… amazing… Have a listen to the power and fury of Sofia Härdig, from Sweden. ://The Boston Survival Guide [US]

"great video - superb song!... It's one powerful, emotive and intense piece, instant play again for me." ://Beehive Candy

She’s an amazing songwriter. It is awesome...! What’s especially striking about Sofia Härdig is how she employs interesting little twists within the often predictable realm of gritty guitar rock and commandeers the genre like she’s got it all to herself. Nervy, sensual, and self-assured. Härdig deserves to be widely heard, as she’s far more interesting than many others mining this same stylistic territory. ://Kevin Renick, Playback St. Louis, U.S.A.,

"Actually, it not allowed being the editorial favourite two weeks in a row, but just when we published last week's list of awesome" Low and Slow "which had a few weeks on its neck Sofia released another gem that is at least as good. Direct, unstoppable and uncompromising. The expectations on the album And the Streetlight Leads to the Sea to be released October 28 are not exactly small after these brilliant appetizers. ://HYMN SWE

"A dim, dynamic and hypnotically intensifying tonal vortex" ://RKC - Radio Kaos Caribou [FR]

"… inescapable presence " ://Emerging indie bands [UK]

"Good Stuff"://Aural Delight [UK]

"I Great sounding, euphonious on noise, intoxicating beauty on raw disturbing. The relation of free use of sound material and soulful vocals the music of Sofia Härdig reminds of the work of Annette Peacock, her albums had from the start, something timeless, yes, time-independent, … Härdig now the new unique Peacock of the future" ://Michel Freerix Jazzdimension [DE] 

"A fantastic voice!" ://Sundsvalls Tidning [SE]

"The voice is one of the industries strongest". ://Thomas Millroth, [SE]

" she sings with a voice that burns hot and touches, sparkling songs that vibrate and glows with intensity. The voice alone reaches far. ://Östran [SE]

"a fascinating record ... breath-taking exciting to listen.” ://Joyzine 

"FANTASTIC!" ://Ikon 

"A sharp knife inflicts no pain. A properly-honed edge enters and exits before one knows the damage is done. Like said metallic instrument, Sweden’s Sofia Härdig cuts deep” ://Bucket Full of Nails

”Starting as if you were at the edge of the eye of a hurricane, your immediate reaction is blind and severe panic, unlike Sofia Härdig. Instead, she wails with a full sense of control of the situation surrounding, her voice full of power as the kind of surf-tinged cyclone continues onwards. It’s obvious that the Scandinavian songwriter finds joy in the bleaker things in music, such as Nick Cave or 1994 Nine Inch Nails, but it takes true skill to translate these influences while simultaneously making them your own.” ://What’s on Melbourne [AU]

 "a blistering, wall of sound, rock'n'roll, two and a half minute, blow out. Guaranteed to remove the most stubborn cobwebs, if you need a wakeup call that works, this is it.” ://Beehive Candy

"Swedish multi-instrumentalist Sofia Härdig recalls early ‘80s post-punk with this slightly frenetic, edgy rocker, but you can hear a Sonic Youth-influenced guitar haze deepening the sound. Härdig has worked with Kim Gordon and is upfront about the debt the song owes to SY, as well as The Pixies and Le Tigre. ://My Split Milk [US]

 "it's downright delicious. It resembles one of the archaic ancient powerful goddesses that lure the ear canals with electrified energy... This Singer-Songwriter blows around a powerful aura of secrets that can equal butterflies flutters.. The results are as spellbinding" ://Lie in The Sound [DE] 

Dark and hypnotic ...unusual and great!" ://Albumcheck [De]

 "the Lo-Fi Post-Punk Version Of Your Infatuation. Swedish artist Sofia Härdig expands our auditory sense to the intense heights of infatuation in her new single “Let Me Fall.” It’s a lo-fi post-punk piece where Sofia builds a grand-sized ambience with echoes of intricate samples and minimal lyrics. “Let Me Fall” is from Sofia’s upcoming record Changing The Order, which also includes her previous acclaimed single “iLLUMiNATE.” ://Aupium Magazine [US]

I am so taken by this album. How can she be so unknown in Germany. Has she been hiding in disguise in Sweden? ://Radio Eins [De] 

" hypnotizing" ://Märkische Oderzeitung

"Electronica Queen ...you get stuck, You listen and forget time and place " ://Emma West, muzic.se

"The lead single with deep glowing synths, slow-build guitar rhythms and echoing vocals, is a fitting addition to the 80’s-themed Drive soundtrack...the accompanying music video – featuring textural loops of iLLUMiNATEd streets and vignette close-ups on Sofia, adds to the song’s exploration of darkness." ://ESSENTIALLY POP Listed as no 2 in Best music

“Let Me Fall” is her sinewy, scintillating new single" The Autumn Roses UK

"Continuing to craft varied styles of rock & roll like a true alchemist, she delivers a punchy shot of dark post-punk and new wave. A nightly bass line fused with slicing guitar riffs which lay underneath create a sense of urgency " ://ColoRising [UK]

"Sofia Härdig, who’s at the forefront of a blogosphere attention… the renowned Swedish pop artist drawing from industrial electronica and 90s house music — to my ears, it’s a trippy yet forceful synthesis of Depeche Mode, Light Asylum and Snap!" The Joy Of Violent Movement [US]

"New Order meets Depeche Mode" ://Tune Of The Day

"Sofia Härdig makes music that bites hard. She does an evocative, raw and intense rock ... Rock music that tears and rips. Above all, she sings with a voice that burns hot and touching ... crackling songs that vibrate and glow with intensity. ://Östran [SE] 

"I Great sounding, euphonious on noise, intoxicating beauty on raw disturbing. The relation of free use of sound material and soulful vocals the music of Sofia Härdig reminds of the work of Annette Peacock, her albums had from the start, something timeless, yes, time-independent, … is Härdig now the new unique Peacock of the future?" ://Michel Freerix, Jazzdimension [DE] 

"Sofia Hardig delivers a Michelin starred recipe…one of this year’s great banquets of contemporary European music... shockingly good." ://Steve Racket, Baltic Briefing 

"Just weeks after featuring Sofia Härdig’s 'iLLUMiNATE' earlier this month we now have another track 'Let Me Fall' to enjoy. We described the vocals as intoxicating last time around, this time they are potent and immersed in a fierce synth-driven soundtrack that demands our attention." ://Beehive Candy

"sounds like if Patti Smith, Nick Cave and the Violent Femme would have met sometimes in the early 1980s in a log cabin to record these songs. . . Sofia's dark, powerful voice does the rest ..." to make it an impressive listening experience." ://Christina Mohr, Melodiva [de]

"her uniquely powerful voice And with this uncompromising mix she is in league with Sonic Youth. Her dark demanding voice gives the songs a dark sexy mood." Peterfrau [DE]

"it’s worth attention, it's great and bodes well" ://SYNTH [SE]

"Sofia Härdig moves the positions further forward with the new and 80- channelling single "Let Me Fall", whose monotonous drive and powerful expression - characterized by John Essing's icy guitar - creates goose bumps. Sofia evokes a darkness that both scares and attracts. ://HYMN

"from the beginning to end an excellent contemporary, and what more:: timeless edgy rock album! ..The boring days are yesterday!" ://Nordische Musik 

"Electronic post-punk monotony that with attractive interference in the form of sound and irruptions breaks in and stirs without changing the direction" ://FREAKMAGNET

"she has the ability to do whatever she wants with her voice…she has created an album by alternating between high intensity and tranquillity that makes you catch your breath over and over and makes you yearn for more. Nothing else then that her already relatively large international fan base should grow significantly in unthinkable." ://ERGO [SWE]

"Indie artist SOFIA HÄRDIG plunges us into an unhinged psyche on BRAND NEW single" ://With Guitars [UK]

"Swedish Sofia Härdig explores Darkness in creative visual for ‘iLLUMiNATE’" ://DUBIKS

"Swedish songstress Sofia Härdig has released her new Stefan Sundlöf directed video for “iLLUMiNATE” the track is off her forthcoming release Changing The Order with unheard audio from a slower, darker version of the track…. Directed by Stefan Sundlöf, whose work has been debuted at the Sundance Festival, the video features frames of textural loops creating unnerving optical illusions of dimly iLLUMiNATEd streets" ://Nordic Transmissions

""Swedish ear candy...after the more than promising THE NORM OF THE LOCKED ROOM 2013. Her newest work has the title AND THE STREET LIGHT LEADS TO THE SEA... Sofia has stripped her songs bare of all clothing that just left them pure skinned and hard rocking" ://Orkus Magazin [DE]

"Sofia Härdig has made beautiful albums with a focus on electronic melodies… this is a fierce rocking post-punk creation that is powerful, energetic raw and dirty… a rocking dirtiness and dignity. Unexpected but also really good" ://Ung Tro

"That fascinating rawness that you got thrown in the face, the primal voice and the crystal clear fact that there was a very strong, wilful woman music presented - exactly the feeling does Härdig pin down. The fact that there are rock guitars among the machines also making Härdig pin down the cold electronic version of bleeding blues. A paradox yes but. perhaps it is the one that makes her hailed by the U.S. the press." ://Eric Suss, Arbetarbladet

"Stylishly delivered with controlled fury and a sense of purpose, “Sitting Still” is breakneck, Punk Rock noir and the new single from Swedish experimental artist Sofia Härdig." ://The Autumn Roses

"Sofia's voice burns holes in the speakers. The most promising in its genre that comes up in Sweden." ://popöga [SE]

”Girls with guitars making lots of noise, more of if say I….” Sitting Still Listed in Fascinating things¨ ://Aural Delights [UK]

beautiful listening." ://Tobias Petterson, Zero [SE] 

"The next girl in experimental music" ://Mats Gustafsson Perspectives [SE] 

"How Sofia Hardig has managed to avoid more attention at home than she has gotten so far is a complete mystery." ://Stina Linde Helsingborgsdagblad

"Sofia Härdig’s “Let Me Fall” Is the Lo-Fi Post-Punk Version Of Your Infatuation.” ://Indie Anchor 

" truly stellar " ://Anna Maria Stjärnell, Luna Kafé [SE]


 

 

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