Official music video for "Siren Song" from the album "Paws of a Bear" by Sofia Talvik.
Back in the days when cities were smaller and farther apart and people were closer to nature, they would still encounter the magical spirits inhabiting the lakes, woods and mountains.
It is said that the ”Skogsrå”, Hulder, or Siren of the Woods looked like a woman from the front, but seen from behind her back was the shape of a hollow log. She was the keeper of the woods and if given a small token, like some food or a coin, would often help the men working with the charcoal kiln, by waking them up if their fire was going out in the night, or return cattle that had gone missing to the farms.
But she could also be dangerous and deceive lonely wanderers, lure them off their track and ensure they lose their way.
It was said that any man who made love to the Skogsrå would become closed into himself, lose his energy, and no longer be interested in interacting with other people, because his soul remained with her. If he was a hunter, she may reward him with good luck in the hunt, but should he be unfaithful to her, he would be punished with all sorts of mysterious accidents. If a man told the Skogsrå his name, he would have to obey her every time she called. You could trick her by telling her your name was ”Self” or ”Nobody”.
You will find different tales of the Skogsrå not only in Swedish folklore but in all of Scandinavia and all the way down to Germany. Can this really be a fairytale, or is she still out there...
"Since debuting in the early aughts, Sofia Talvik has garnered recognition for her vocal clarity. A keen songwriter, the indie folk artist crafts beautiful soundscapes of subtle, rootsy timbres that place the pristine storyteller's voice at their center. In this case of developing savvy arrangements that highlight her haunting vocals, the roots music that Talvik develops is of a similar tapestry to Joni Mitchell, tapping into that same knack for soul-stirring clarity and resonance. Between, however, is something of a different nature. Open-air production sets the scene for an evocative and atmospheric release from the Swedish folk artist, coming in the form of an upcoming album, Paws of a Bear." - PopMatters
Filmed by Jonas Westin and Sofia Talvik, additional footage by Ruvim Miksanskiy and videezy.
Edited by Sofia Talvik. Animation and post production by Jonas Westin. Filmed in Gävle, Sweden 2019.