Hanging With Iceland's Best New Band, Vök

Photo taken by Eygló Gísla for   Vök

Photo taken by Eygló Gísla for Vök

Indie electro band Vök—comprised of Andri Mar on sax, Margret Ran on vocals, Olafur Alexander on bass—are one of my favorite new bands coming out of Iceland right now. Their dream pop tunes have been compared to everyone from The Knife and The xx to Poliça and Phantogram, but their music is distinctly their own. 

Vök formed specifically to enter a battle of the bands competition in Iceland. The problem: They didn't actually have any songs to perform. Within a mater of weeks, Vök composed a series of tracks and performed them for the very first time during the battle of the bands. And you guessed it ... Vök won first place. 

Since then, Vök have rocked Iceland Airwaves, toured Europe and released their EP 'Tension' on iTunes, available for purchase here.

Fans (myself included) can't wait to hear what Vök come out with in the coming year. According to band members, their full-length release will be out in spring 2015. 

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In this webisode, 'Tension' by Vök was remixed by French DJ and producer aei. The Viking festival footage is courtesy of Stefan Freyr Margretarson, and the Hafnarfjorður Harbor footage is also courtesy of Stefan Freyr Margrétarson.