With her smokey voice, strong lyrics and sober alt-folk craft Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck has drawn comparisons with Leonard Cohen, Natalie Merchant 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 was 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."
The album was produced by Reyer Zwart, multi-instrumentalist and arranger, known for his collaborations with Tim Knol, Alex Roeka and Nynke Laverman. A special guest appearance was made by singer and guitarist Marjolein van der Klauw, whose silvery voice is the perfect counterbalance to VanWyck’s own darker tones. Together with drummer Rowin Tettero en guitarist Sander Donkers they toured extensively through The Netherlands and Europe, forging a new band sound which formed the basis for her second album - Molten Rock which will be released on November 15, 2019.
Molten Rock will be released by Concerto Records. The first single Supermarket Line will come out on August 23rd.
"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 album van zeldzame schoonheid."
Ruud De Zwart - Festival Info
"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
"de ene na de andere parel ... ik ben heel erg onder de indruk van haar muziek"
Leo Blokhuis - NPO radio 2
"Van hoog internationaal niveau"
Frits Abrahams - NRC
"een beklijvend droomdebuut"
Theo Volk - Music that needs attention
Pieter Wijnstekers - Popmagazine Heaven
"An Average Woman is een hartverscheurend mooi debuutalbum."
David Haakman - Popcorn