Plumes of Chillwave: Backed by Critical Acclaim, Iceland Dream Poppers Vök to Headline Iceland Airwaves Festival
Buzzing trio return home on strength of rave reviews and recent signing to The MuseBox Records
“Vök’s Tension is filled with spacy synth sexiness.”
(Los Angeles, CA) – October 30, 2014
The MuseBox Records today announced that Iceland’s Vök will continue their autumn ascension with two shows at this year’s Iceland Airwaves music festival. The young trio and their dreamy electronica pop grabbed the attention of the Icelandic press in 2013, resulting in The MuseBox Records signing them this past August. According to a recent review in The New York Times, “Vök share the xx’s slow tempos, whispery female vocals, sparse but echoey bass lines, and melancholy questions.” Fueled by last week’s release of Tension, their debut EP on The MuseBox Records, Vök will appear at Gamla Bíó on November 5 (20:00) and Harpa Silfurberg on November 7 (22:30). More information on Vök is available on the band’s official Facebookpage.
WATCH Vök’s VIDEO FOR “TENSION”
“As the effort clearly demonstrates, Vök is more than just another trio with serious production chops. Rather, they’re first-rate musicians with a distinct musical sensibility.”
(Michael Enwright, www.hillydilly.com)
According to music blog Nothing but Hope and Passion, “the future looks bright for this young and upcoming band.” Vök truly is both a young and new band, formed early in 2013. The electronic trio comes from the cozy fishing village of Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. The founding members of Vök, singer Margrét Rán and saxophonist Andri Enoksson, had been working together unofficially for some time prior to the formation of the band.
Shortly after forming, Vök won an annual band contest, “Músíktilraunir,” which is the Icelandic version of a battle of the bands. The third member, guitarist Ólafur Alexander, joined the band shortly thereafter. Vök has since been generating significant hype in the vibrant music scene of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
“The EP is a small collection of smoothly beautiful and soulful indie-electro gems.”
With a sound mainly comprised of soft electronics and melodic vocals, guitar also plays a prominent role in Vök’s sound placing Vök a bit more in the realm of indie-electro, thus resulting in comparisons to Florence and the Machine, The XX, and The Knife.
Performing an intimate cover of Jai Paul’s “Btstu”:
Vök is the newest addition to The MuseBox Records roster.