August 21, 2016 — “Low and Slow” by Sofia Härdig

Sofia Härdig

Sofia Härdig

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Low and Slow” by Sofia Härdig (2016, from the forthcoming album And The Street Light Leads to The Sea).

Sofia Härdig is a Swedish multi-instrumentalist and singer. She’s been making records since 2005 and has put out five albums in that time. Her new album, And The Street Light Leads to The Sea will be released October 28. I had never heard of this woman until I got something in the mail bag about the new album, and I was quite intrigued by the list of bands she’s worked with in the past — Free Kitten, The Hellacopters, Belle and Sebastian, Lydia Lunch, David Sylvan, The Cardigans, and many more. I was also intrigued by the fact that she’s often described as “an electronica queen” and as “Sweden’s best kept secret”. On the new album, however, she’s compared to Sonic Youth and the Pixies and stuff of that ilk. People have said that it’s reminiscent of Le Tigre. These are all good things to be compared to. On this song, I’m actually reminded a bit of Sleater-Kinney.

Whatever it might remind you of, this is the first single from the forthcoming album, and I like it a lot:

“Low and Slow” by Sofia Härdig

In the first minute of the song, there’s some different stuff going on. Right out of the gate, for the first ten seconds, it sounds like a post-punk thing. After that, there’s some Sonic Youth-style guitars, and when she starts singing, I’m reminded quite a bit of S/K.

At 1:40 to 1:42, there’s a wonderful little drum fill, and I wish that it happened again, but it’s just that one time. And in a way, that makes it even more magnificent. And since I’ve already mentioned Sleater-Kinney, that sort of reminds me of that bit in “Words and Guitar”. Janet’s drumming is great, and it comes in short bursts and quick stops. However, there’s just one time during the “Take, take the words in my head” section where she plays straight through what would have normally been a pause. It’s just once, and it’s great.

All I know about the forthcoming release is the street date — October 28. I know I’ll be looking forward to it.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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