Icelandic Dream-Pop Band VÖK Returns With “Autopilot”; Listen Here
August 7, 2018 BY Nettwerk
“A truly special band.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Channeling The Beach soundtrack via 80s synth pop and the dark, modern sexiness of The Knife.” – NOISEY
“Vök are Iceland’s most exciting new electronic group.” – NOTION
Icelandic electronic dream-pop band Vök return with the brand new single “Autopilot,” their first new material since 2017’s acclaimed debut album Figure.
Produced by James Earp (Nina Nesbitt, Shells, Little Hours), it’s a teaser to their forthcoming new album, due out early next year. “Autopilot” sees the band expanding on their brimming nocturnal electronica sound even further, weaving synth melodies together with singer Margrét Rán’s distinctive celestial vocals as she tells a story of a relationship heading in different directions. “It’s a really personal lyric but in the same way it’s quite a positive song“, Rán explained recently to NOISEY.
After completing their biggest headline European tour earlier this year and appearing at international festivals such as Sónar in Reykjavík and Istanbul, Vök is currently in the process of writing and recording their highly anticipated second studio album, due out in 2019.
Catch Vök at this year’s Iceland Airwaves Festival on 7-10th November, details here. More dates to be announced very soon.
Initially formed by Margrét Rán (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Andri Már (saxophone, synths) in 2013. The Reykjavík-based band Vök 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 after becoming a four-piece which included Einar Stef on drums — they began to further mark themselves out as rising innovators of smart, atmospheric jams on their second EP Circles. Hailed by Noisey as “channeling 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 recently won Album of the Year in the Electronic Music category at this year’s Icelandic Music Awards, a category that also featured Auður and Kiasmos.