Vuk

Vuk

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Vuk is a wild siren playing a reed organ in the middle of a dream ceremony being held at the bottom of the sea, in the heart of a black forest, the dregs of a squalid city, on a windy mountain in Bulgaria, in your house that's on fire.

Biography

Vuk is a Finnish-American artist whose unique music carries sonic strains that weave themselves into a rich, colorful tapestry of experimental rock, Balkan vocal music, meticulously layered organ harmonies, inventive instrumentation and polyrhythmic walls of Vodou percussion. Her songs explore inner, fictional landscapes sculpted by dreams, sex, trauma, death and spiritual ecstasy. Live, Vuk expands into a percussion-organ-and-autoharp-driven trio, and the sound of the pump organ takes center stage next to Vuk's startling voice. "The Plains," released in Finland in 2009 to unanimous critical acclaim, is her sophomore album.

(Note: If reading this EPK before more than one song has been added, go to http://www.myspace.com/vukmusic to listen to material from "The Plains" etc.)

Vuk has been making music all her life, ever seeking to find new ways to surprise and move her listeners. Within the past few years, Vuk has toured the U.S. with Fever Ray (who hand-picked her to be her opening act), played in and toured the U.S. with Dirty Projectors, toured Europe extensively, been selected to play main venues at Eurosonic and The Great Escape as well as sharing billing with the likes of Ellie Goulding, Efterklang, Owen Pallett and Jenny Wilson. And all this without international distribution! She is currently working on her third full-length album.

Some quotes on Vuk and "The Plains":

"This radiant album operates on a level above dry platitudes, and with its power, renders meaningless any demands that would inhibit its growth or diminish its complexity."****
-Soundi

"[Vuk is] responsible for one of the most imaginative, creative releases this year. [...] New layers and details constantly surface"
- Peter Krogholm, allscandinavian.com

"an incredibly arranged masterpiece of a song album" ****'
- psychedelicfolk.com

"One of the top Finnish albums of 2009." *****
- Hämeen Sanomat

"6/6" (- TS viikkoliite), "9/10" (-Sue), "*****" (- noise.fi)

"Her songs summon up the choral and the ancient, funnelled through a modern mind. [...] Vuk's music is mysterious, deeply fascinating and fabulously original."
-A New Band A Day

"You can expect nothing but surprises from Vuk. [She] has created a spellbinding album, and unpredictability is one of The Plains' absolute strengths. [...) Vuk avoids the common pitfalls of experimental noise musicians. Not only that, but her pop sensibility caresses the ear." ****
- Marko Ylitalo, Rumba

"Critics battling space limitations may opt to describe The Plains with such tired platitudes as "magical," "uncompromising" and "ambitious" (words this album will no doubt attract like a magnet), but there are few other ways to describe one of the most interesting albums released in Finland this year."
- Samuli Knuutti, Image

On the live show:

"[Her vocals are] beautifully fragile and beautifully taunting and, in general, always straight-up powerful."
- Brandon Stosuy, Stereogum

"[Vuk] really doesn't sound a great deal like anyone else. She doesn't, for instance, sound vocally anything like Kate Bush - if anything, she's more of a female Nick Cave in that department - and yet there is something of the long-ago young Kate's free spirit and dream-influenced feel to her compositions. Blending the organic with the electronic, her wooden organ and autoharp with her backing players' synth and percussion, she pulls together echoes of Icelandic post-rock, Eastern European folk and the pretty melodies of Swedish-spec lo-fi indie."
- Cath Aubergine, Manchester Music

"[Vuk performed] unprecedented wonders in a territory somewhere between that of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Anette Peacock, a church organist on acid and ancient Bulgarian folksongs. [...] If justice prevails, Vuk will be the next sensation of [experimental] music. In truth, she already is."
-Jussi Niemi, Aamulehti

"chilling, beautiful, and pristine"
- Knocksfromtheunderground.com

"startlingly beautiful"
- Susie Wild, Clash

"gorgeously rich"
- Spinning Platters

Discography

The Plains, LP (Pyramid/Johanna kustannus, 2009)

Rakkauden liekistö, cover EP (Johanna kustannus, 2008)

Exile! LP (Verdura, 2003)

Cabaret Nocturno III, compilation LP, 1 song (Zerga, 2003)

Set List

A typical full set is about 40-50 min, 30 min. for showcases unless otherwise requested.

Set list example:

Nameless Bones
Flint in The Pines
Gramophone and Periscope
My Darling, My Sister, My Flying Bride
The Arms of Spirits
Barefoot in Arizona
Accidental Mermaid
The Plains
The Minotaur