With her warm voice, rich 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. 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 was released on November 15, 2019 with Concerto Records.
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.”
VanWyck released a third album of personal, intimate songs called God is in the Detour. With four new songs that she wrote and recorded during lockdown and four older ones that she remastered, the album speaks of finding solace in unexpected places. A small tour of 6 dates, called, The Detour, will take place from September to December 2020 in theatres in The Netherlands.
Chris Douridas, KCRW
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