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“Always-Sophie” Composing Music to Soothe the Body and Mind

“Always-Sophie”
Composing Music to Soothe the Body and Mind

By Natasha J

TP 201809 Feature 0520多年来,瑞典歌手苏菲・珊曼妮(Sophie Zelmani)一直以其独特优雅、温柔的民谣流行歌曲为我们带来欢乐,这位来自瑞典这个北方国度的甜美清新邻家女孩从步入音乐世界起便以其生活化、发自内心真诚的诗意词句,简单干净透澈却能直接触摸隐藏在心灵深处纤纤情感的音乐,征服了瑞典、欧陆乃至亚洲的广大歌迷。


苏菲于1972年出生在斯德哥尔摩的郊区,是瑞典歌手和歌曲写手。 她的音乐启蒙并不算早,14岁的时候,苏菲的父亲带回一把吉他回家让她学习。尽管没有经受正规音乐训练,但是她仍然坚持演唱和写歌。后来SonyMusic 瑞典分公司看中了她,由创作人兼吉他手Lars Halapi负责编曲,把Van Morrison风格融入到她的新专辑中,为她录制了第一盘专辑《Always You》。 

 

在她的歌曲作品中,词作者都是苏菲本人,她柔和清澈的嗓音给人一种甜而不腻的感觉。1995年冬天,其专辑打入流行榜单第四名,不久便在瑞典和日本大卖。从1995年开始,来自瑞典这个北方国度的甜美清新邻家女孩苏菲•珊曼妮,便以生活化、发自内心真诚的诗意词句,简单干净透澈却能直接触摸隐藏在心灵深处纤纤情感的音乐征服了瑞典、欧陆甚至亚洲的广大歌迷。


成名走红之后,苏菲面对漫长的巡回演出与数不尽的访谈感到痛苦,她过去仅开展短期巡演并拒绝了很多采访。身为一位著名的民谣歌手,二十多年来苏菲一直保持着她本真的北欧人自然的个性。她后来陆续出版了自己的几张新专辑,并且曾于2018年与天津的观众们在其巡回演唱会上见面。


苏菲的音乐是愈听愈沉醉的旋律,是难以自拔与难以割舍的意境。愿这位北欧音乐精灵继续在自己的道路上快乐前行,为观众带来更多的天籁之音。

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She might hail from the suburbs of Stockholm, but Sophie Zelmani's soul lies in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

For more than 23 years, Swedish Sophie Zelmani has been delighting us with her very own variation of elegant, gentle Folk pop songs. Her new album, "My Song", is no exception. The title of the album refers to the name of a boat from the 1930s that Sophie found on one of her many trips - but it also made her realize that she was still working on "her song" as a life project.

 

She has managed to keep on recording during the past decade, despite a chronic shyness that still means public appearances are rare.

 

With her latest album, Sophie Zelmani has remained true to her very own style of music: dreamlike, beautiful, fragile, intimate, acoustic guitar dominated songs with poetic and enigmatic lyrics that still belong to the healing line of Sophie. There are also some new elements added. Some songs are joined and unfold with a feeling of sensation. The gentleness makes people unable to resist. As usual, the melancholic songs come in a semi-acoustic setting and radiate that inimitable Zelmani ”tranquility” that beats the listeners again and again.

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Since the turbulence of the first album release in 1995, Zelmani said ‘no’ to interviews and only embarks on tour for short periods of time. Tianjin was very fortunate to be able to welcome such an amazing artist subsequent to the release of her fourteenth studio album in March, 2017.

 

Zelmani had had no musical training - and had never performed in public - when her purring vocals first came to light, thanks to a self-titled debut album in 1995. Her father bought her a guitar, a demo tape was sent to Sony - and that was all it took for her obvious talent to be harnessed. By then she never had played in front of an audience. The album was produced and arranged by Lars Halapi, who also plays the guitar on all of the songs.

 

Sophie’s music has been compared with great artists such as Neil Young, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. The shimmering acoustic guitar in "Always You" bares the spirit of Neil Young, a song that became so popular that two years later it was used in the soundtrack for the Julia Roberts movie "My best friend’s wedding". "I'll See You (In another World)" radiates the feeling of Springsteen; the song is about her stated beliefs in destiny, wisdom of life, goodness, dreams, close relationships and love. Sophie’s music also has a lot in common with singer/songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Jewel Kilcher. It all adds up to something unique in the history of Swedish music and Sophie’s music is liked in many different parts of the world.

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Swedish critics agree that Sophie’s album is something special. She was awarded a Grammy at the Swedish Grammy awards as best newcomer in 1995 and she was also nominated for Best female pop singer. Her album has sold gold both in Sweden and Japan where she is very popular.

 

Despite being more than twenty years old as a folk singer, Sophie still maintains the unique natural lazy nature which is typical of the Nordic people.

 

Writing a song, recording an album, publishing an album, and embarking on a tour, especially for Zelmani, who has been producing music for two decades or more, is extremely regular and uninterrupted. Many musicians slowly consume themselves in the process, and sooner or later they are exhausted. Fortunately, Sophie finds a way to make fun of it. Each new album is considered to be a small feat of victory.

 

The 42-year old Sophie is seldom seen in TV shows or in other interviews. She prefers to let the magic of her music speak for itself. And maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. The shy Swede tells about magical moments in the recordings for the new album, the all-changing power of love, advice to her daughter and why she did not like to release a live album so far. However, she still enjoys flying around the world with her music and she will come back to Tianjin and get united with her fans in a live house.

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