Artist biog

Tom Vek

Drawing on the modern anxiety of finding yourplace in a world saturated by information, Luckplunges the personal to deliver tracks that are sincere, angry andpoignant. Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)– a searing comment on our state of moral ambivalence inspired by TomWolfe’s novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities - delivers abold chord sequence and a bass-line of such grandiose proportions as to rivalKanye, spliced with synth motifs reminiscent of the opening to Kiss by Prince. Angry funk, for the lostgeneration compelled to head bang in unison to its intoxicating repetition.Elsewhere Broke is a rebel rousingmarch led by a more melodic vocal from Vek and the album’s undisputed popforerunner; while Trying to Do Better deliversa dreamlike cacophony of cymbal crashes and electronic accents of the likes ofSonic Youth. Perhaps the mostquintessential offering comes in the shape of Vek’s open message to theInternet age, Pushing your Luck – adroning, moody, repetitive track that delivers that dead-pan vocal over abass-line that builds to dance-floor proportions.

As ever, Vek delivers an album that eludesstraightforward definition. The ‘garage rock for the pro-tools generation’ ashe puts it, is alive and well, only now it is met with the most ostentatiousproduction and some of the biggest beats of Vek’s career. Just as you want todescribe Luck as the sardonicoutpouring of a man articulating the disillusionment of a generation, he throwsthe curve ball of The Girl You Wouldn’tLeave for any Girl - an unwieldy title that sits gloriously at odds withthe rest of the album. Consisting of one repeated sentence, a vocal and aguitar, the pared down, minimalist achievement artfully encapsulates an age-oldstory of love.

‘There’s noise everywhere’,Vek tells us, but with enough force we might return to a place of truth. Luck is the magnificent offering from anartist who has achieved the rare feat of preserving the seduction of youthfulrebellion and marrying it with experience. It’s big, angry and impossible toignore

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