|The Arms of Spirits by VUK|
Vuk is a Finnish-American artist based in Helsinki and New York. She creates lush, mysterious sonic tapestries and organic, bare-bones chamber music from a pump organ, autoharp, multi-layered voodoo percussion and, most recently, Indonesian gamelan instruments. Live she is backed by a band including Johanna Tarkkanen on keyboards, Juho Alajuuma on percussion, autoharp and guitar, and Janne Lastumäki on drums.
Her album, “The Plains” (Pyramid, 2009) won her rave reviews in Finland and abroad, and helped her tour extensively in Europe and the U.S., notably as the hand-picked opening act for Fever Ray’s 2009 U.S. tour. She has also shared the bill with other kindred spirits such as Owen Pallett, Dirty Projectors (of which she is also a former member), Swans, Tamaryn and Efterklang.
Vuk already played a bunch of important Festival such as Eurosonic, Iceland Airwaves, Great Escape in Brighton, Flow Festival and the Wroclaw Poetry Festival.
“an incredibly arranged masterpiece of a song album” - psychedlicfolk.com
“One of the most imaginative, creative releases this year. […] New layers and details constantly surface” - allscandinavian.com
“beautifully fragile and beautifully taunting and, in general, always straight-up powerful.”
- Brandon Stosuy, Stereogum
“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