“Low and Slow,” the first single from And The Street Light Leads To The Sea (Solaris Empire), is anything but. From the beginning, this song by Swedish multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Sofia HÃ¤rdig is adreneline-pumping, edgy and tightly wound with considerable muscle and fury.
The upcoming album, due out October 28th, was recorded in Tambourine Studios. This first single promises a wild ride from the quartet — HÃ¤rdig on vocals, guitar and synth; John Essing on guitar and synth; Per Svensson playing bass and Knut Finsrud on drums. It was mixed by Damian Press and produced by Damian Press, Sofia HÃ¤rdig and John Essing. Mastering was done by Hans Olsson Brookes.
Known in her native Sweden as the “rocktronica queen of experimental music,” HÃ¤rdig has collaborated with Bob Hund, The Hellacopters, Boredoms and Yoshimi P-We (Free Kitten). She has also opened for Stevie Jackson (Belle and Sebastian) and Lydia Lunch. Listening to HÃ¤rdig’s lusty vocals, you can definitely hear how she’d be a natural opener for an artist with the gravitas of Lydia Lunch.
Of her inspiration and artistic vision, the artist says, “I find beauty in flaws and that which is not perfect is what excites me, I love the unusual, the unexpected, untrained and unplanned.”