Vákoum, consisting of Israeli/American composer Kelli Rudick and Mexican composer Natalia Padilla weave an intricate and ethereal web on ‘Still Ready,’ first single from debut EP ‘Home for Home’.
A week ago Craig, from The Verigolds, messaged me on Facebook asking if I was interested in premiering a track called ‘Still Ready’ from his friends project, Vákoum. I sighed, because I’m an asshole and accents in band names make me do that, but plugged my phone into the speakers anyway, pressed play and stepped outside for a cigarette.
It was a rainy day and as the first, circular seconds of ‘Still Ready’ tinkled from the speakers I watched the drops collide with my concrete patio, creating an ever changing landscape of wet. I took a drag and thought about dinner, rent, and the fucking parking ticket I’d gotten the day before. I’d let the last one I’d gotten double and promised myself I wouldn’t do that again (I did).
I found myself tapping my foot, and craning my neck, and, in my relentlessly stony fashion, thinking ‘Who the fuck is this? Bjork with Alt-J? A more intricate Grimes?’ There were siren-esque vocals and delicate melody’s, weaving in and out of an intricate and lush arrangement of guitar and mbira loops and ?/? drumming, and by the time the rhythm dropped out and hung on the female duo gently crooning ‘Frozen worlds melt in our mouth’ in harmony I was floored. Then it hit me. Holy shit, I WAS ASKED TO PREMIERE THIS.
I scrambled back inside (pressed repeat) and clicked back to Vákoum’s SoundCloud to listen to everything they’d previously released aaaaaaand…spoiler alert, there’s only one other song. Spoiler alert #2, it absolutely does not disappoint. ‘Dagger’, a drastic re-imagining of the Slowdive track, is a reverb and synth soaked magic carpet ride through a Miyazaki-esque dreamland, and the perfect compliment to ‘Still Ready’s masterfully subtle complexity.