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Vök

Nettwerk (IS)
Thu 4.5.17 / 20:00
alternative / electronic pop

EN Vök was formed in January 2013 by singer Margrét Rán and saxophonist Andri Már. 

The band was formed to enter a annual band contest, Músíktilraunir, broadcast in Iceland. The problem: They didn’t actually have any songs to perform. Within a matter of weeks, Vök composed several tracks and performed them for the very first time at the band contest. And you guessed it … Vök won the competition. 

The duo became a trio at the start of the summer 2013 when they introduced guitarist Ólafur Alexander to the fold.

Subsequently they recorded and released the EP, Tension via Icelandic indie label Record Records.

Now signed on the Nettwerk imprint, the group is excited to share with the world their debut album, Figure.  "Figure" is a word whose meaning twists and transforms in different contexts: a figure in the darkness, to figure something out, a number, a body type, a sum, a shape. No wonder Vök, whose atmospheric electronic pop is similarly capable of eclectic twists and changes, picked it as the title for their daring debut album. Full of distorted pulses, near-whispered melodies, echoing guitars and dreamy hooks, and influenced by everything from The Weeknd and Little Dragon to existential sci-fi cinema, their ambitious first full-length spans a whole spectrum of sounds and feelings. “Anger, obsession, negligence, death, love, happiness and hope,” lists vocalist Margrét. “The word figure can represent so many things. So does this album.”

FR Le parcours de Vök est atypique, comme pas mal de choses en Islande. Formé en janvier 2013 par la chanteuse Margrét Rán et le saxophoniste Andri Már, dans le but de participer à un concours de chant local, le groupe n’a que quelques semaines pour composer des morceaux. C’est lors du concours en question qu’ils testeront les chansons pour la première fois. Et qu’ils repartiront gagnants. Duo devenu trio à l’été 2013, Vök sort un premier EP, Tension. Les comparaisons avec Phantogram, The xx et Poliça ne se font pas attendre. Pourtant, le trio confirme avec Circles (2015), qu’il possède un son bien à lui.

Après une récente signature chez Nettwerk (Great Lake Swimmers, BOY), le groupe est prêt à partager son premier album, intitulé Figure. Terme prenant différentes significations selon différents contextes, il reflète parfaitement les ambitions sonores du disque: du mumure au mur du son explosif, Figure évoque la vie, la mort, l'amour, le changement perpétuel, et est de ce fait, aussi imprévisible et intense que le ciel de Rejkjavik. Un album ciselé dans l'or pur qui laisse asseoir Vök à côté des grands noms de la pop alternative contemporaine.

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    “With 'Figure' we took the music out of the computer and into a more live and organic environment.” - Vök

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