Size does matter. And in case of concerts, it’s the other way round as you usually interpret these words. So the smaller the better. I love those intimate club concerts without big stage and distance to the artists and therefore I was really keen on yesterday’s appearance of Icelandic rising electronic stars Vök who stopped by in Musik & Frieden club in Berlin during their first European headliner tour. I’ve seen them a few times before on the big stages of Harpa concert hall during Sónar and Airwaves festivals in Reykjavík and was already blasted by their performance back then.
Musik & Frieden hosts a tenth of the crowd of one of the bigger Harpa halls, at the most. And it was sold out and packed to the front of the stage so one could expect an intense evening. Follwing a nice support set of the Berlin based Indietronic duo NOSOYO, Vök entered the stage at 9 p.m. with their song “Við Vökum” from their first EP “Tension”. Obviously most of the audience was quite familiar with the band and their sound according to the instantly shaking butts and the cheering. But if not, you got the perfect impression about it with this song, including that unique and amazing saxophone from Andri Már which hovers above the deep and sonorous basslines. Just like Margrét Rán’s breathtaking voice in the follow up piece “If I was” from the recent EP “Circles”. Vök’s sound is a great mixture of relaxed smoothness that can turn into an outburst of emotions and power within the glimpse of an eye: the one moment you’re gently waving like leaves in the wind to the marvellous melodies. The other moment, Andri Már is jumping on the amps with his saxophone and kills it. The band is currently also working on their first full length debut album and songs like “Show me”, “I want to feel” and “Polaroid” should be a great foretaste about what’s coming up there in near future. And their fans are defintely eager for more as one could easily recognize from the amount of acclaim at the end of the one hour set which was over way to early. That was maybe the only drawback of that night – I could have listened for another hour.