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 first EP Tanned Legs in 2015 to international acclaim. Her debut album, An Average Woman, came out 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 by Concerto Records. The first single Supermarket Line came out on August 23rd. The second single Carolina's Anatomy will be released on October 18.
On her second album VanWyck again veers between dark folk, lush Americana and alternative rock influences, but ends up in a very different place. VanWyck: “I wanted to create something that can hold different truths within itself, something that is both vulnerable and strong, that contains happiness and sadness, stillness and abundance. So much of what is thrown at us today is one-dimensional, but life is almost always more complicated. Sometimes you are both the hunter and the hunted, sometimes you believe in things that you know are not true, sometimes you are happy and sad at the same time. It’s what makes us so tragically, and so wonderfully human. We are forever doomed to balance between conflicting notions. If you can surrender yourself to that, you discover a new space. I think this album addresses the search for that space. Between perceptions and reality, between truth and creation, between desire and acceptance.”
VanWyck will be touring The Netherlands between November 2019 and February 2020, with an album release show taking place at Paradiso's Vondelkerk in Amsterdam. The band will perform in Scandinavia in July and August.
"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
"blown away by its quiet brilliance"
Kerriann Curtis - Wordkrapht
"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