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Clips from 2016

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

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

"Swedish Rock Sensation Sofia Härdig returns with Anthemic, Power Chord based, new Single"
://The Joy of Violent Movement [US]
 
"Härdig is on track to be new queen of alt-rock."
://The National Student

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

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

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

"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 too"
://Zero Magazine [SWE]

"Sweden’s best-kept secret"
://Songwriting Magazine [UK]

"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

"Singer, musician and composer Sofia Härdig is considered to be one of the leading acts coming out of Sweden with a sound organic and raw, explosively bursting out the seams with energy. …In a sense the Swedish artist reflects the very ideal of what a true rock star looks, feels and sounds like. Whilst her native country has maintained a tradition of pumping out pop acts, Härdig’s music is experimental, racing, unafraid and unapologetic. Her visuals are performance art, something that was a staple in New York’s East Village punk and new wave scene or West Berlin in the 70s and 80s. With a two-part EP series landing titled The Street Light Leads To The Sea, Sofia Härdig’s power-blazing single ‘Sitting Still’ is a window of what’s to come, and it’s about to come with an impacting force."
://ColoRising [UK]

"Swedish native Sofia Härdig delivers a spiky piece of perfect slacker pop with new track "Streets"…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 attitude…"Streets" is as accomplished as it is invigorating… Embracing freedom can lead to some amazing things."
://Killer Ponytail
"Great video - superb song! ...It's one powerful, emotive and intense piece, instant play again for me."
://Beehive Candy

Sofia Härdig is yet another brilliant export from the flock of Scandinavian gems… She has been described as "An electronic Queen", and despite not knowing the source of the reference, it is rather appropriate. …She has claimed to "find beauty in flaws and that which is not perfect", and she does that perfectly, ironically. ‘Streets’ is brutal and gentle, somber and uplifting, distorted and clear. It’s a powerful electro-rock tonic, but damn addictive. I love it, and if Sonic Youth, the Pixies are your cup of tea, then join me in reveling in it too."
://Rambling Pony
 
"With everything at 11 from the opening second, Sitting Still is a punchy offering of post punk, no wave influenced energy that will make its mark wherever it’s heard. Sofia’s commanding vocal backed by an angular, frenetic guitar sounds and a tight as f*&# rhythm section will hopefully be getting her some serious attention in the blogosphere pretty soon."
://The Wandering Lamb
 
"‘Sitting Still’ by Sofia Hardig is energetic and all-out magnificent!"
://ColoRising [UK]
 
" 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
 
"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
 
"A dim, dynamic and hypnotically intensifying tonal vortex"
://RKC - Radio Kaos Caribou [FR]

"The rocktronica queens finds 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]

"…inescapable presence"
://Emerging indiebands [UK]
"Good Stuff"
STREETS listed in Fascinating things,
://Aural Delights [UK]

"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 on "Sitting Still."
://Bucket full of nails

"The compaction of electronics and instrumentation impact like an industrial press gone wild and the frenetic panicky pace is enhanced by an unstoppable vocal and percussion which spin around the head in menacing tones. Those of longer stay with Sofia Härdig will recall The Demotapes Album released in 2005 and this song being then named I’m Sitting Still. A comparison of the original version to the current track is a decent indication of the journey travelled. I enjoy both for very different reasons and am looking forward to the release of And The Street Light Leads To The Sea."
://Emerging indiebands [UK]

"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 Sound Melbourne [AU]

"'Sitting Still" is 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

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

"Sitting Still" - Sofia Härdig: 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]

"Swedish artist Sofia Härdig has rightfully been compared to Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon for her edgy indie-rock sound, but on her new single "Sitting Still" she heads in a slightly different direction. While the track retains her cathartic rock sound, it’s a little darker and heavier to give it an apocalyptic feel. In other words, Härdig is like a more bombastic Chelsea Wolfe." ://The Revue [US]

"It underlines the strong power of her voice and the impetuousness of the sound" ://Son of Marketing
 

2015
This year Sofia got the honour to write an annual review for the Swedish music magazine SOUNDOFMUSIC.
Read about her crazy hectic and fun 2014 in her own words!

Sofia guest in Susann's Show Radio Impala Berlin. One hour long interview with Sofia and 9 songs
of her played. Some interesting unreleased material! 09.01.2015 @ 7 pm and 11.01.2015 @ 11 am. READ MORE.


2014
Interview in Solaris Empire Lounge Radio Impala Berlin 26.12.2014 and 28.12.2014. READ MORE.

Listen to interview on Radio Impala 07.12.2014.

Regarding upcoming gig 29.01.2014
Brötz,Gothenburg writes: "super duo Nilsson / Härdig takes the stage.
Per-Anders Nilsson and Sofia Härdig are two giants in electronica and
free improvisation
here given free rein. A must for anyone interested
in
the latest in electronic impro!"

2013



Sofia Härdig in Swedish TV News ABC [26.09.2013]

Godset writes about Sofia's music:
"electronica, dancy krautrock, dramatic but also dreamy beautiful soundscapes are cut out
and glued in patterns that brings you on a journey through neon illuminated brain vault.
Sofia's music sometimes reminds of ancient primitive recitations trying to evoke
another world. Exciting music that probably never been heard in a park in Simrishamn"

Video Interview Berlin Ä: YouTube

One hour interview with Sofia in German Radio by Michael Freerix Reboot.fm Listen

 

Muscical Drama #31
Sofia Härdig, 13.04.2013

 

Sofia härdig interview in Radio Eins [21.03.2013]. READ MORE.

Great new Review in Nordische Musik!
"THE NORM OF THE LOCKED ROOM" is from the beginning to end
an excellent contemporary, and what more: timeless edgy rock album! [...]
The boring days are yesterday!" ://READ MORE.

New fantastic review in german Melodiva! [27.02.2013]
READ MORE
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Nice Sofia Härdig Bio in german by Laut.de
READ MORE
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Big interview in Music Stage with Sofia Härdig published 20.02.2013;
"A moment with Sofia Härdig"
READ MORE
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Lovely review in Laut.de
"The Norm Of The Locked Room is a dark,
almost hypnotic album that takes you into a world of its own."
READ MORE.

Great review by german Jazz Dimensions!
"Intimate meets here open-hearted, Great sounding, euphonius on noise,
intoxicating beauty on raw disturbing. Sometimes is her main instrument,
the guitar, still plays a major role, but there is more to the Swede,
the combination of sounds and rhythms, their unifying element is the
slightly rough, haunting voice of Härdig. The relation of free use of
sound material and soulful vocals remind the music of Sofia Härdig of
the work of Annette Peacock, their albums had from the start, something
timeless, yes, time-independent, Possibly, but that's only a vague
speculation is Härdig now the unique way the Peacock had proceeded?
"
://Jazz Dimensions, READ MORE
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4 stars in Weistzeit! "One could try to make associations to orther artist,
but let this stand as a product of Sofia Härdig. This is so perfect!"
READ MORE.

"The Swede Sofia Härdig has succeded with her new album The Norm Of
The Locked Room it's downright delicious... Those who are looking
for something exiting and different can't be served by anyone
better then Sofia Härdig" ://Lie In The Sound De READ MORE.

THE NORM OF THE LOCKED ROOM is getting lots of airplay! on rotation and
played up to 11 [!] times a week and specials about the recod in Radio Eins,
Radio Biedefield, Radio Aachen, FRS, Deutchlandradio Kultur, Kölnkampus,
Sunday Service, bit Express, Freies Radio Reutlingen, Radio Okerwelle etc...
Reviewsand articels in...
big magazines like Kulturnews, zitty Berlin,
Orkus Magazin, Sonic Seducer Musikmagazin and others like... Folker, OX,
CDstarts, Whiskey-Soda, Märkische Oderzeitung, Plattentests.de, laut.de,
Rote Raupe.de, Titelmagazine.de, Echte Leute.de etc... Radio Interviews
for several stations are being done in this moment and are coming up!


Interview with Sofia by Anna Wester in Djungeltrumman Göteborg
"people try to explain what I am doing, but I am only doing
the music I want to hear myself" READ MORE.

Big interview in ZERO [18.01.2013] by Johan Arenbo READ MORE.

RADIO EINS ONE HOUR SPECIAL on Sofia.
T
uesday 15.01.2013 and Wednesday 16.01.2013. READ MORE.

Preview tip in Whiskey and Soda READ MORE
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Article in
Sydsvenskan [23.01.2013] "Dance meets voice in test of strenght". READ MORE.

The Norm Of The Locked Room get great review in German Titel Magazine [18.01.2013]
and are reviewed next to Lydia Lunch [!] "…The result is as dark as hypnotic and
emotionally it belongs in the Berlin of the 80s. Einstürzende Neubauten and
Birthday Party, Krautrock reverberation, malaria and Anne Clark are in the air.
A particular love for the dark and a big lust for experimenting and
still very good and enjoyable!"

Interview in Radar Magazine out today!
"I was a bit like a mad scientist!" Sofia Härdig describes her work with her
new album which was released on December 5. Electronica / noise-singer who has
been called Sweden's most well-preserved secret has for more than a year cut,
glued and pieced together an album that have met a very positive response. READ MORE
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2012

Interview in Rockfoto
"Sofia Härdig has in just a few years carved out
a niche of her own in the Swedish music landscape."

READ MORE
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Big praising review in Sound Of Music "Her best. When is it time
for this consummate, seeking musicians to be known as she deserves?"
READ MORE
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On the cover of Göteborgs Fria 14.12.2012 as culture news
a
bout the release and the gig at Koloni
15.12.2012.
READ MORE.

PLAZA number 1, 2013 Read PDF.

13.12.2012 Gothenburg nonstop interviewed
Johnny Essing about Sofia Härdig.
READ MORE.

12.12.2012 Hoffa Music Blog writes about the release party
tomorrow Friday 14.12.2012 "
definitely an album more
should discover [...] it'll be a gallant evening!" READ MORE.

07.12.2012
NWT interview; READ MORE. Read PDF.

06.-12.12.2012 UppsalaTidningen;
READ MORE; Page 1, 23 + 24. Read PDF.

06.12.2012 Interview in Swedish Radio Uppland;
"Sofia Härdig
- rock star who works nine to five"
Listen. READ MORE & LiSTEN.

06.12.2012 Interview in Skånes Fria "I get hooked
on whats not perfect".
Read PDF:s; Intro. Story.

06.12.2012 Interview with Sofia in Direkt press Göteborg
"Sofia Celebrates her record release at Kolonis christmas party"
. Read PDF.

05.12.2012 Nice review in City! They give Sofia four plus even on their front page!
"One of this years most exiting releases"
Read PDF; Page 1 + 18.
://Mattias Grenholm, CITY

05.12.2012 Sofia Live in Radio Uppland at 17:00-17:30 as "The Profile of The Day".

05.12.2012 Interview with Sofia in MalmöKanalen at 12:00.

05.12.2012 Lokaltidningen Malmö; READ MORE. Read PDF.

04.12.2012 City Malmö Read PDF.

04.12.2012 In relation to the release The Norm Of The Locked Room tomorrow
Wednesday 05.12.2012 The Music Magazine GAFFA asks Sofia to put together a
special playlist for them of some music she likes... Enjoy!
READ & LiSTEN
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04.12.2012 In addition to the Magazine Gaffa, The paper City is also interested
in Sofias music taste and asked her for a special list. Published in todays City
in relation to the album release tomorrow (5/12)! So here comes another List!
Read PDF / TiFF.

03.12.2012 Interview with Sofia in MalmöKanalen at 12:00 Wednesday 05.12.2012.

03.12.2012 Tunigo writes about the release of
Sofia's new Album and the gig in Stockholm
READ MORE.

03.12.2012 Tip about the release of the album The Norm
Of The Locked Room in Music Magazine Filter.
READ MORE.

30.11.2012 18 minuter; READ MORE. Read PDF: Page 1 + 4.

The album The Norm Of The Locked Room has been chosen the
"best right now" according to Claes Olson in Musikindustrin.
It got good reviews too, Olson describes it as "electronically
processed rock" that is "experimental and international".
He describes it as dark and chronologically references
the album somewhere around the Velvet Undergrounds'
magical Black Angel's Death Song saying that it is
"perfect for dark November nights."
READ MORE
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Video Interview with Sofia done by Franziska Kuffer
in relation to her gig at Ä in Berlin 14.11.2012
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30.10.2012 The Music Magazine Gaffa is launching the
release of the new STREETS VIDEO VERSION. Making it
the video of the day.
This video is done by
Johannes
Stjärne Nilsson, one of the men in the duo behind the
film "Sound Of Noise" and the legendary short film
"
Music for one apartment and six drummers". On this
special video version of the song Streets, Sofia is
performing solo. Gaffa is giving it good reviews "very
hypnotic and compelling" Have a look! Gaffa.se/nyhet/66021

Interview with Sofia broadcasted by Swedish Radio
Program
2 Ström Wednesday [24.10.2012 at 21:30]

The Single and Video "The Girl In The Window" is feaured and get
great reviews in Hoffas Music blog; Sofia continues her journey towards nirvana. [25.06.2012]

Review of the single Low And Slow from the forthcoming album The Norm Of
The Locked Room in Baltic Briefing; "
Sofia Hardig delivers a Michelin
starred recipe here on the basis that 'less is more' and if this starter
dish is anything to go by, her forthcoming album is going to be one of
this year’s great banquets of contemporary European music...
Low and slow is shockingly good.
"

://
Steve Racket, Baltic Briefing
FULL REViEW. [04.06.2012]

Interview of Sofia as featured artist and article in Metro. Read PDF. [18.05.2012]

The Single "Low And Slow" from the forthcoming album The Norm Of The Locked Room
is feaured and get good reviews in Hoffas Music Blog. Read PDF. [10.05.2012]

Nice review of Sofia Härdig and Emma Gunnarson's Piece GULP in the
Swedish news paper Sydsvenskan of the exhibition "More Passion".
Music: Sofia Härdig Video: Emma Gunnarsson. [16.03.2012] READ MORE
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Nice review in Helsingborgs Dagblad of Emma Gunnarsson's and Sofia
Härdig's piece GULP exhibited at Dunkers Kulturhus.
Music: Sofia Härdig. Video: Emma Gunnarsson. [19.02.2012]

2011

"Expect an explosion of intelligently crafted sounds from Sweden's
Sofia Härdig in the Summer. She's working on a new album - and the
only thing we know is to expect the unexpected from a musician
whose artistic fire burns as deep as her originality."
://The English Baltic Briefing
[30.06.2011]

Radio program about "Det Magiska Trädet". [10.08.2011] READ MORE.

Article on "Det Magiska Trädet" in Sydsvenskan. [04.08.2011]
READ MORE
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Earlier Press

"Electronica Queen Sofia Härdig gives Concert in Västervik."
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Västervikstidningen [24.04.2010] READ MORE
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Check out good music zine: Soundofmusic and a fine Musician and
Artist; Per Svensson. That listed Sofia's Album Dream one of
the top notch records 2008.

One hour special in P2 Monitor: Erik Mikael Karlsson
went to Berlin to interview Sofia. Meet Sofia Härdig -
Swedish sound-artist, singer and musician with a background
in both heavy rock and improvised music.
Sofia is just
about to release her new album "Dream" with her personal
barb-wire electronica!
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Sweden Broadcast
[12-13.11.2008] READ MORE.

Interview in Joyzine [20.12.2008] READ MORE.

"Sweden's best electronica Sofia Härdig."
://Staffan Celmins, Yoursongs

"The Electronica Queen Sofia Härdig is back..."
://Plaskis

"Sofia Härdig an interesting name in Swedish music. In Focus."
://Thomas Fridholm, Musikindustrin
English Svenska

"Possessed by Music" Interview with Sofia
in
Groove Magazine 2006 #9 [page 5].
://Martin Rösthammar
READ MORE
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"Sofia has come of The Studio."
Interview in Norrköpings Tidningar
://Calle Slättengren
[31.08.2006] READ MORE.

New German radio interview. ://UNKNOWN WORLD

Radio interview, Radio Attac 02.05. at 8-9 pm.

 

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