Icelandic Electro Trio Vök
Icelandic electronic dream-pop trio Vök officially announce their sophomore full-length LP In The Dark slated for release on March 1st, 2019. They’ve already shared three album single and the new single, “Spend The Love ” frontwoman Margrét Rán comments: “Originally written to be a ‘gay’ anthem song, ‘Spend The Love’ is our new dance song which tackles the theme of anti-consumerism. There is a humour in it and a hypocrisy”.
“Spend The Love” follows the release of earlier album singles “Night & Day” and “Autopilot,” The trio are on the heels of a string of highly successful live dates, including their U.S. debut with several concerts in select cities as well as their live performances at this year’s Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavík and support for Editors in Germany & Poland in November.
In The Dark is an eleven track collection written and recorded by Margrét Rán and Einar Stef in collaboration with UK producer James Earp. The LP sees Vök exploring their pop sound even further than before, creating their most immediate sounding and most accessible album yet. Recorded in Vök’s home studio in Reykjavík and in Notting Hill, London in early 2018, each song on In the Dark has its own definable character or theme, from “Night & Day’s” obsession to “Autopilot’s” crushing disappointment.
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Vök (named after the Icelandic word for ‘hole in the ice’) are an electronic dream-pop band based in Reykjavík. The band first gained recognition within months of forming when they won Iceland’s prestigious Músíktilraunir (‘Music Experiments’), a battle of the bands contest where past alumni winners include Mammút, Of Monsters And Men, and Samaris. Their triumph soon led to the recording and release of their debut EP Tension through local Icelandic label Record Records — to a slew of positive and glowing reviews.
Soon they began to further mark themselves out as rising innovators of smart, atmospheric jams on their second EP Circles. Hailed by Noisey as “channelling the Beach soundtrack via 1980s synth pop and the modern sexiness of The Knife,” the Circles EP won them even more positive praise and key tastemaker support.
After playing shows and festivals in Europe, winning numerous new fans along the way with their brand of dreamy electronics with melodic vocals, the band soon caught the attention of Nettwerk Music Group (Angus & Julia Stone, Boxed In, The Veils), who instantly signed them for an international record deal. 2017 saw the release of their highly anticipated debut LP ‘Figure’ to critical acclaim. Produced by Jack Garrett collaborator Brett Cox, The Line of Best Fit hailed it a “brilliant debut album”. ‘Figure’ won Album of the Year in the Electronic Music category at this year’s Icelandic Music Awards.
Vök has toured extensively through Europe, supporting the likes of Goldfrapp and Asgeir, and performing at festivals including Roskilde, Green Man, Iceland Airwaves, and Into the Woods.
“…the synth-pop dance anthem is sure to reach chart heights”
“cool electro-disco…with an overarching slick, late-’80s synth-pop feel”
“can make you feel warm and happy… & Margrét Rán’s gentle voice floating on top”
“Led by the supremely talented Margrét Rán…gentle melodic muscle”
The Line of Best Fit
“the hype around Margrét Rán and co …. in fact completely justified.”
“Easy-listening songs that have unexpected, plunging depths.”
Consequence of Sound
“Meditative electronic music full of chilly, detached atmospherics”