Vök (IS) + Sväva (NL)
Iceland’s Vök have often been described as dream-pop band. Their sound is built up through the use of dreamy electronics, countered by melodic vocals, enigmatic saxophone runs and chiming guitars. Their new LP, “Figure”, has been three years in the making.
Their previous work, specifically 2015’s “Circles” EP, was championed by trend-setters and serious commentators alike; and was described by Noisey as “channelling the Beach soundtrack via 1980s synth pop and the modern sexiness of The Knife.” The new LP “Figure” attempts to weave new layers of richness into their sound. As the band said: “We took the music out of the computer and into a more live and organic environment.”
Although Sväva is an act from the northern part of the Netherlands, their name and music conjures up images of the Arctic Circle. Sväva is Swedish for ‘floating’, but band employ a more down-to-earth description of their music; describing it as ‘subtle and dark dreampop with catchy up-tempo elements.’