VÖLUSPA DROPS THEIR FIRST SINGLE, "WINGS."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROOKLYN — April 1st, 2018: Völuspa, a synth-driven, dream-pop project helmed by Kirsten Knick drops their first single, Wings. The track is accompanied by a music video directed by Ash Peters, a producer over at VICE.
Right from the first few measures, Wings casts a hypnotic spell of duality. From the embryonic warmth of a heart beat bass, to the haunting embrace of harpsichord keys. From orchestral climaxes to timidly pecked high-octave piano notes. These disparate elements weave into a cohesive and ethereal texture that’s rapt with an alluring tension. It’s as if Knick is tucking a lover into a warm, fluffy duvet. The collaboration between Knick and Eric Hoegemeyer (of Patti Smith fame) creates a sound that’s familiar and yet at the same time alien.
She’s a light to follow through a lucid dream, suggesting Julee
Cruise on Angelo Badalamenti’s compositions but there’s a
rawness to her voice. Moments of unrepentant vulnerability that
can flutter a heart with a change in pitch, like early Angel Olsen.
It’s almost as if Knick is singing secrets from her diary behind a
locked door. In essence, she is. Wings is about a struggle with
addiction and the hope and freedom that can be found on the
other side. As Knick says, “I was just done living on the edge of
misery. The edge represents change and the transition from dark
The video drives these themes home. The interplay of light and dark.
Masked faces. Bad decisions and cleansing foot falls in the snow. The
last shots are epic waterfalls and an expansive winter landscape,
showcasing the beauty and power of nature and a panoramic view of
life. Contrasted with the small, surreal room of addiction, it’s a
profound statement of hope. This is a captivating and ambitious video
bordering on a Twin Peaks remake directed by Ash Peters and shot
by VICE cinematographer David Givens. There’s a larger story in this
sample of Völuspa’s work, when looked at as a whole. That which
haunts us can be beautiful. That which gives us warmth can also lead
us astray. The bondage of addiction can lead to profound freedom.
Pain is also an opportunity for healing. From a larger perspective, the
polarity of light and dark disappear into a glorious gradient of grey.
And that’s where real life, true love and heartbreak live.
Völuspa recently played Baby’s All Right and debuted some new material to a large crowd for an 8 PM Sunday show. They’re quietly gaining momentum in Brooklyn and it’s easy to see why. As a genre dream pop goes through periods of stagnation and iteration. With Hoegemeyer’s synth-driven melodies and Knick’s vulnerable, angelic poetry, it’s like they’ve been here all along. Like a distant dream slowly pieced together throughout the day.