With her smokey voice, strong lyrics and sober alt-folk craft Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck has drawn comparisons with Leonard Cohen, Nathalie Merchand and Laura Marling. She released her debut EP Tanned Legs in 2015 to international acclaim and subsequently released a handful of tracks that garnered airplay on radio stations from all over the world. Her debut album, An Average Woman, was released in January 2018 on her own Maiden Name Records and hailed by the Dutch music press as one of the best releases by a native artist in years.
"After a fragmented upbringing, moving all over the world and playing different roles in different bands, I finally made the album I always felt I had to make. Searching out the voices that kept calling to me, from untold stories in our past, from everyday women who struggle and fail and the mythical ones that mirror our dreams. An Average Woman explores the roles we are dealt and the ones we create for ourselves."
VanWyck's songs are intimate and reflective but often convey a political message as well. The title track being a case in point: a slow anthem responding to the way society celebrates succes as something unique and individual, eroding our sense of community. Red River Girl and Europa Escapes explore the ways in which violence against women has played a constant part in our histories and how that carries repercussions into our present. With this album VanWyck has reached from the borders of personal experience into deeply existential themes: the struggle for true freedom, the longing for love and completion and the sobering reality of everyday life.
"This entire album is a keeper ... It brings up key concepts about confidence, freedom, and being a damn badass as a woman."
Meredith Schneider - Imperfect Fifth
"blown away by its quiet brilliance"
Kerriann Curtis - Wordkrapht
"this is a rich and mysteriously rewarding album"
Jonathan Aird - Americana UK
"Its poetics sumptuous, its sound ageless and its message resonant"
"An Average Woman klingt wie ein verschollener Klassiker"
N. Schwimmer - Rock 'n' Blog
Interview at Vents Magazine
"de grootste muzikale openbaring van eigen bodem in jaren"
Fred Hoogendoorn - Noord Hollands Dagblad
"expressie in elke lettergreep - "
Hester Carvalho - NRC
"een grootse en meeslepende plaat vol bezwering en toverkracht en kan zomaar behoren tot het beste dat dit jaar verschijnt"
Erwin Zijleman - De krenten uit de pop
"een beklijvend droomdebuut"
Theo Volk - Music that needs attention
Pieter Wijnstekers - Popmagazine Heaven
"An Average Woman is een hartverscheurend mooi debuutalbum."
David Haakman - Popcorn
"Van hoog internationaal niveau"
Frits Abrahams - NRC