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"The Swede oscillates between Post-punk, goth-rock, Placebo and Nick Cave.
Her singing has the same kind of absolute urgency that Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine once has."
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ROLLING STONE

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

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

"the ethereal, rock wonders of her new album And The Street Light Leads To The Sea ...full-length effort that looks set to make her the ‘new queen of alt- rock.’ ...a rule compelling rock album that sounds like much that has gone before but totally fresh. Experimental, angst-driven and the sound of an artist letting go this is a must listen for all fans of alt-rock." ://The National Student"UK

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"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 hipsterkvarter. 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 hunds John Essing. In the center stands Sofia songs, voice and rumbling, dark guitar mangle" ://Olle Berggren Expressen [SWE] Main National Swedish paper

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"rage and desire creates and splits the emotional cosmos created by the multiinstrumentalist Sofia Härdig… impressive…self confined" ://INTRO [DE]

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

"Multitalented Sofia Härdig...a tempered postpunkheavyweight manifesting Sofia's strength and expressive roughness....energetic ... a bomb ... powerful ... masterful ... majestically. In summary, a high quality production that leaves an intense and powerful imprint" ://Nöjesguiden [SWE] National Swedish paper

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"overwhelmingly great…So radiant!… So incredibly good… brilliant. This is rock full of emotions. Rock at it's best. Sofia Härdig manages her influences from the best of the brittish 80ies indie scene, together with jerky sprawls like B-52:s and growling hardcore like from Sonic Youth. Tight, impelling, raw, naked, minimalistic, willful and overwhelmingly great."HHHH+://Mats Lundgren HIFI & Musik [SWE] [National Music Magazine]

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

"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

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"Candidate for one of the best albums! …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 Sofias declared fans belongs for example Belle And Sebstian… Now many more will be added." ://stadtblatt osnabrück [DE]

all the songs of this album take takes 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]

"No offense 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]

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"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]

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

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"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]

"Swedish Rock Sensation Sofia Härdig returns with Anthemic, Power Chord based, new Single"The Joy Of Violent Movement US

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

"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 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]

"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 [USA]

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"Swedish ear candy...after the more then promising THE NORM OF THE LOCKED ROOM. Her newest work has the titel 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 is definitely one of our fave rockers whose music reflects everything absolutely great about rock…period." ://Colorising [UK]

"The band plays more dense, 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 years most exiting releases"Mattias Grenholm CITY [SWE]

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"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 [SWE]

"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]

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

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

"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]

"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 [SWE]

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

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

Sofia Härdigs 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

"Swedens best kept secret,, Now we want to see more of her!_"Plaza [SWE] National Swedish magazine 

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

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"Great soundcape, monotonus 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

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

"Also on And The Street Ligt Leads To The Sea, Härdig impresses with her big electrifying voice that stretches from the cellar to the roof tops" ://VISIONS [DE]

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"Sofia Härdig was already among others on the road with musicians from among other bands like The Hellacopters and The Cardingans. 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

"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 the 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] 

"Actually, it not allowed to be the editorial favorite 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 it's neck Sofia released another gem that are 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 is not exactly small after these brilliant appetizers. ://HYMN [SWE]

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"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… "An electronic Queen... She has claimed to "find beauty in flaws and that which is not perfect", and she does that perfectly, ironically... 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

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"magically attracts … Beautiful...Härdig's deep singing and spoken word voice is concise and has that unique certain something"
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"Streets"and"Swim"are 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 too Iggy Pop…. imprinted, claustrophobic, but consistently rocky…the pieces leave a strong impression" ://Laut [DE]

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"With everything at 11 from the opening second, Sitting Still is a punchy offering of post punk, no wave influenced energy that will make it’s 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 blogisphere pretty soon." ://The Wandering Lamb

"‘Sitting Still’ by Sofiahardig is energetic and all-out magnificent!" ://Colorising

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

"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

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"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

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. Opener"Streets"is all feral beauty and angular guitar work, while subsequent songs like"Swim"and"Closed Eyes"are more subtle and draw out your emotional reserves with a mix of incisive lyricism and unexpected rhythmic swells. 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 [USA]

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

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"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

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

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

"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 predicable 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, [USA]

"inescapable presence" ://Emerging indibands [UK]

"Good Stuff" STREETS listed in Fascinating things ://Aural Delight [UK]

"That fascinating rawness that you got thrown in the face, the primal voice and the crystal clear fact that there was a very strong, willful woman music presented - exactly the feeling does Härdig pin down. The fact that there is rock guitars among the machines also make Hardig 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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

"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." ://Whats on Melbourne [AU]

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"'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 wake up 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

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"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 [USA]

"a fascinating record... breathtaking exciting to listen" ://Joyzine

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

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"FANTASTIC!" ://Ikon, Joakim Wikström

"The wild wolfwomanstyle she has done well. It is wonderful grinding and darkness and thunder..Sofia sings with aggression and drags her hair in the dirt and is a chick with raw potential._ Expressen Swedish National press [SWE]"

it's downright delicious. It resembles one of the archaic ancient powerfull goddess that lure the ear canals with electrified energy... This Singer-Songwriter blows around a powerfull 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 Sofia Härdig" ://Lie in The Sound [DE]

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

I am so taken by this album. How can she be so unknowed in germany. Have she been hiding in disguise in Sweden.?
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"hypnotizing" ://Märkische Oderzeitung

"The next girl in experimental music" ://Mats Gustafsson Perpectives [SWE]

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

T"he result is as dark as hypnotic and emotionally it belongs in the Berlin of the 80s. Einst¸rzende 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!" ://Titel magazine [DE]

"album of Sofia Härdig is definitely a bold one: electronic with cold surfaces and looming psychedelic guitar samples... post-apocalyptic soundscapes... where not even spacepopsynths seems familiar, an overall picture of fatalistic rise." ://Kulturnews [DE]

"What a voice!& pure and raw rock'n roll" ://Markus Wiludda [DE]

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"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 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 [SWE]

"I Great sounding, euphonius on noise, intoxicating beauty on raw disturbing. The relation of free use of sound material and soulful vocals remind the music of Sofia Härdig the works of Annette Peacock, , their albums had from the start, something timeless, yes, time-independent, Possibly, but that's only a vague speculation is H‰rdig now the unique way the Peacock had proceeded? ://Michel Freerix Jazzdimension [DE]

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"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 banquet of contemporary European music... Low and slow is shockingly good." ://Steve Racket, Baltic Briefing

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

"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 make it an impressive listening experience." ://Christina Mohr Melodiva [DE]

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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! ://Gary Landström / Groove [SWE] National Swedish music magazine

"her unique 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]

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

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

"An impressive and strong & a very exiting, interesting artist _and songwriter who you definitely will hear more about in the future..." ://Thomas Fridholm, Musikindustrin† [SWE]

"truly stellar" ://Anna Maria Stjärnell, Luna Kafe [SWE]

 

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