Press Clips from 2016
"There is no other way to describe Swedish artist Sofia Härdig
than as a future rock goddess."
"Sofia Härdig is almost definitely the best thing to come out of
Sweden since the country’s sporting hero, Zlatan Ibrahimović.
One for the future…"
"Swedish Rock Sensation Sofia Härdig returns with Anthemic,
Power Chord based, new Single"
://The Joy of Violent Movement
"Härdig is on track to be new queen of alt-rock."
"The rocktronica queen… Hardig has proved herself to be an
innovative artist worthy of her royal title…"
"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
"Sofia Härdig is definitely one of our fave rockers whose music
reflects everything absolutely great about rock…period."
"If you only listen to one song tonight, make it "Low and Slow"
by Sofia Härdig"
Is That Song [UK]
"All friends of talented, swedish electronic/Indie got something
to look forward too"
"Sweden’s best-kept secret"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Great video - superb song! ...It's one powerful, emotive and
intense piece, instant play again for me."
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."
"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
" 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."
"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."
"A dim, dynamic and hypnotically intensifying tonal vortex"
- Radio Kaos Caribou [FR]
"The rocktronica queens finds freedom in experimenting and
releases aggression with wonderful freedom."
"Wow… amazing… Have a listen to the power and fury of Sofia
Härdig, from Sweden."
://The Boston Survival Guide
STREETS listed in Fascinating things,
"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
://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."
"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."
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."
"Girls with guitars
making lots of noise, more of if say I…." Sitting Still Listed
in Fascinating things¨
"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
://My Split Milk
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."
"It underlines the
strong power of her voice and the impetuousness of the sound"
://Son of Marketing
"THE NORM OF
THE LOCKED ROOM" is from the beginning to end
an excellent contemporary, and what more: timeless edgy rock
The boring days are yesterday!" ://Nordische
"The Norm Of The Locked Room"
sounds like if 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
"The Norm..." to make it an impressive
"The Norm Of The Locked Room is a dark,
almost hypnotic album that takes you into a world of its own."
could try to make associations to other artist,
but let this stand as a product of Sofia Härdig.
This is so perfect!" [4 stars]
"The Swede Sofia Härdig has succeded
with her new album The Norm Of
The Locked Room it's downright delicious. It resembles one of
archaic ancient powerfull goddess that lure the ear canals
electrified energy... This Singer-Songwriter blows around a
aura of secrets that can equal butterflies flutters...
The resaults are
as spellbinding as disturbubing...
Those who are looking for something
exiting and different can't be served by anyone better then
://Lie in The Sound [DE]
"The fifth studio album of Sofia Härdig is
definitely a bold one:
electronic with cold surfaces and looming psychedelic guitar
post-apocalyptic soundscapes... where not
familiar, an overall picture of fatalistic rise.
"She whispers, she begs and screams
through dark sound collages of
electronic loops and guitars, sometimes quietly, sometimes
and loud... The sound is touching, disturbing and hypnotizing"
://Märkische Oderzeitung [DE]
result is as dark as hypnotic and emotionally it belongs
in the Berlin of the 80s. Einstürzende Neubauten and Birthday
Krautrock reverberation, malaria and Anne Clark are in the air.
A particular love for the dark and a big lust for
and still very good and enjoyable!"
://Titel Magazine [DE]
"Dark and hypnotic ...unusual and great!"
" I am so taken by this album. How can she be so unknowed in
Have she been hiding in disguise in Sweden?"
://Radio Eins [DE]
"On her brand new album The Norm Of
The Locked Room, the Swedish singer
Sofia Härdig shows very experimental side.
Oscillating between electronics,
Krautrock and psychedelic, nine immensly atmospheric songs are
resonating with a dark gloomy note."
://Echte Leute [DE]
"It's dramatic, warm, dark and full
of strange transformations. It's not just
about intensity, she turns
hidden cavities with considerable fervor [...] a
deconstruction and reconstruction [...]
It can even land as an
extended remote mass
from any bygone world, hot fervently, longingly. Physically,
physically as in a mirror... Her best. When is it time for this
seeking musicians to be known as she deserves?"
://Sound Of Music
"definitely an album more should
discover [...] it'll be a gallant evening!"
://Fredrik Hoffman, Hoffa Music Blog
"One of this year's most exciting releases." Read PDF; Page
://Mattias Grenholm, CITY
prepared to join in the chorus of praise. The album is both good,
evocative and challenging" [...]
The meeting between pitch dark melodies,
soaring harmonies and emotional
vocals makes The Norm Of The Locked Room
heartbreaking, in a both poignant and fulfilling way. This bodes well for
the future and 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,
"Sofia Härdig doing exciting things [...] beneath the surface bubbles
Sonic Youth [...] combine the blue-bottomed vocal rock temperament."
://Johanna Pålsson, DN
"Her new album, The Norm Of The Locked Room is her strongest to date,
with songs full of drama,
sensuality and dark suggestiveness Loops and
synthesizers are used
together with traditional rock
instruments in a way
that gives the feeling of something threatening the
whole time waiting for
listener, and Sofia delivers the multilayered texts with unusual
and nerve... a fascinating
musical universe to discover."
"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
pin down the cold electronic
version of bleeding
blues. A paradox yes but. Perhaps it is the one that
hailed by the
://Eric Süss, Arbetarbladet
"Absolutely superb. World class actually."
"An evocative atmosphere that is intimidating and alluring."
"How Sofia Härdig has managed to avoid more attention at
home than she has gotten so far is a complete mystery."
Linde, Helsingborgs dagblad
It's electric, it's cool […] Sophia Härdig works with noise, electronica,
drums and guitars
like a fury, and she has, as the multi-instrumentalist
she is, also
recorded most of his album
herself. It's an achievement,
it's a lot to listen to the ardent [...]
Johnny Essing, this
bob hund-guitarist [...] his guitar is here an absolutely
://Joakim Wikström, Ikon
The album The Norm Of The Locked Room has been chosen the
"best right now"
Claes Olson in Musikindustri. It got good reviews too, Olson
processed rock" that is "experimental and
He describes it as
dark and chronologically references
the Velvet Undergrounds' magical Black Angel's
Death Song saying that it is "perfect for dark November nights."
best kept secret, now we want to see more of her!"
delivers a Michelin starred recipe here on the basis that 'less is more'
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
"Sweden’s next Electronica Queen ...you get stuck,
You listen and forget time and place"
drawn into the music which seems to grow a hundred percent
Sofia and her sidekick Otto Milde has produced
real noisy modern
rockelectronica to be
copied and imitated by wannabes.
They themselves have taken over the
drivers’ seat for good!"
://Gary Landström, Groove
The Need To Destroy: "An adventurous Electronica foray in which
Sofia makes an art
out of distorted vocals that are nonetheless emotionally
grooves that grip the soul. It's a trap...
amazing songwriter. It is awesome...!
What’s especially striking
about Sofia Härdig is how she employs
interesting little twists
often predicable realm of gritty guitar rock, and commandeers
she’s got it all to herself.
Nervy, sensual, and self-assured. Härdig
deserves to be widely
as she’s far more interesting than many others mining this same
://Kevin Renick, Playback St. Louis, U.S.A.,
who elected The Need To
Destroy as one of the
Top Ten albums of
the year. Motivation: "An adventurous Electronica foray
Sofia makes an art out of
distorted vocals that are nonetheless
emotionally wrenching. Dark,
machine-laden grooves that grip the soul."
has been lacking a strong female rock-voice. Sofia Härdig
has a great
strong lyrics which provides new hope for
the swedish rock-scene... A
WIN... La-La-La Härdig... is on the verge of bursting
in like one of new
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
voice! her nerve-racking, melodic lo-fi version of blues punk
possible to miss...
Especially hauntingly when the menacing
stranglehold of her minimalistic,
reduced songs grab
like a cold hand in the darkness. - guitars and drums rumble
into the darkest
corners pure and raw rock 'n' roll..."
://Markus Wiludda, Eldoradio*, Germany
masters the wild wolf women stile great. It is delightful
grinding on the debut album.
Sofia sings aggressively
and drags her hair in the dirt and is a raw chick
Härdig conquers the world with her voice...." ://Sydsvenskan
voice burns holes in the speakers. The most
promising in its genre that
comes up in Sweden." ://Popöga
fantastic voice" ://Sundsvalls Tidning
Härdig has a great talent. Both for writing songs, and not least for
performing them in a way that staple guns them to the mind of the
good... Will make her a household name among the
people in rock...
It's not a question whether
she is going to make it big time or not,
but WHEN... Remember where you
read it first." ://Ystads Allehanda
"Sofia Härdig's Berlin album Dream is made there and
has become her best album.
When other albums have
shifted from song to song, here is a whole story.
It can be heard as a
personal confession, a missing
mixed with euphoria.
It is a dark album. Nevertheless, she is able to sink
into the hottest
passion and illustrate it, which also gives it a searing
has condensed and created
shadows and corners,
where the brightest colours fade in red. Red velvet
silk [...] She sings
appealingly, insistent, grieving.
The voice is one of the industries
strongest. The scents
strong and stupefying or intoxicating as in the
strong love numbers, just
as torn as the grief leaves her."
Sound of Music
Swedish debutant that makes music that bites hard. Sofia Härdig
suggestive raw and intensive rock.
Rock music that scratches
and claws. and above all she sings with a voice
that burns hot and
sparkling songs that vibrates and glows with intensity.
alone reaches far." ://Östran
help gasping in amazement over that this is her first work.
Its rock with
burnt to black at the edges,
one moment beautiful the next sizzling
furiously stinging like
pins and needles..."
://Lars Thulin, Ystads Allehanda
double debut" ://Norran
HÄRDIG The Next Girl in experimental rock"
://Perspectives 2004, Västerås
Kevin Renick listed Dream as one of the top ten
albums of 2008
Motivation: Sofia Hardig | Dream [Filthy Records]
"All hail the new
The swedish sonic auteur
had already transitioned from guitar-based rock
to a darker,
more Electronica-driven approach on last year's brilliant
The Need to
On this new album, Härdig takes a
commandeering approach to the genre,
dramatic synthesizer parts, edgy mechanized rhythms and
vulnerable vocals into an unsettling
aural experience that's like nothing
The results are unsettling, hypnotic, and brilliant."
://Kevin Renick, Playback, St. Louis, U.S.A.
the characteristics of the Electronica are here,
but I don’t want to limit
Härdig to be just about that.
In many ways
it’s like its rock she is doing, but with
strings blips and scratches. Her
forth album "Dream"
offers beautiful listening."
://Tobias Petterson, Zero
impressive and strong debut from a very exiting,
and songwriter who you definitely
will hear more about in the future..."
://Thomas Fridholm, Musikindustrin
voice that burns through skin and concrete...
a register that lifts you
from under your feet to heaven.
Some have spoken of deepest black. Yes,
darkness a quality that is felt on the inside of your palms:
silk, caressing velvet, skin in the dark... because
the voice goes
outside. In to.
Under. One of the coolest
://Thomas Millroth, Ystad Art Museum
stellar debut" ://Anna Maria Stjärnell,
"Another great taster for the upcoming new album
I'll look forward to it with great anticipation."
://Anna Maria Stjärnell,
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