Vök are Margrét Rán (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Andri Enoksson (saxophone, synths) and Ólafur Alexander (guitar, bass). Named after the Icelandic word for ‘hole in the ice’, the trio originally hail from Hafnarfjörður, a town famous for allegedly being home to a large, hidden elvish settlement. This mysticism and magic which surrounds their hometown reflects in the dreaminess of Vök melodies and the celestial, otherworldliness of their vocals.
Latest track ’Waterfall’ proved to be somewhat of an internet hit this summer, racking up 60,000 plays on SoundCloud and hitting the HypeMachine Most Blogged Artists top ten. The track is taken from the ‘Circles’ EP, released earlier this summer. Reminiscent of Poliça and The Knife, Vök’s haunting and persistent beats on ‘Circles’ were crafted in collaboration with Biggi Veira, the genius behind GusGus and producer of John Grant’s ‘Pale Green Ghosts’.
Vök came into consciousness in 2013 when the band played and won Iceland’s prestigious Músíktilraunir (‘Music Experiments’), a battle of the bands where the likes of Mammút, Of Monsters And Men and Samaris previously triumphed. Shortly after, the band recorded and released their debut EP ‘Tension’ through Icelandic indie label Record Records — later released via Musebox in the US — to a slew of positive reviews. The New York Times commented that “Vök shares the xx’s slow tempos, whispery female vocals, sparse but echoey bass lines and melancholy questions”, whilst Drowned in Sound exclaimed “the trio have hit upon their own uniquely atmospheric and emotional sound”.
The past year saw Vök performing an explosive set at several major festivals, including Eurosonic, Roskilde and Green Man Festival .
Vök have been compared to the likes of The XX, Poliça and The Knife.