Dutch born and New-Zealand bred singer-songwriter VanWyck released her debut EP, Tanned Legs, in 2015 to international acclaim, receiving reviews from English, French and American blogs. Her dark folk, warm voice and lyrical songwriting drew comparisons with Nathalie Merchant, Leonard Cohen and Laura Marling.
VanWyck then started a new project called One Song a Week, writing and releasing a new song almost every week. Some of those releases were studio recordings with a full band, some came from live shows, some were shot as videos and others were sung in kitchens.
The result of that year is An Average Woman, Van Wyck's first solo album which was released on January 19th, 2018. She’s accompanied by the award-winning bass player and arranger Reyer Zwart, and singer Marjolein van der Klauw, whose silvery voice is the perfect counterbalance to VanWyck’s own darker tones.
An Average Woman is about women who are visible and hidden, sacrificing and selfish, ordinary and magical, obligated and free. It's about the mysteries lurking in the everyday. It's about creating your own universe and your own sense of belonging - and stumbling along the way. In this debut album, VanWyck explores the roles we are dealt and the ones we create for ourselves.
"This entire album is a keeper ... It brings up key concepts about confidence, freedom, and being a damn badass as a woman."
Meredith Schneider - Imperfect Fifth
"blown away by its quiet brilliance"
Kerriann Curtis - Wordkrapht
"this is a rich and mysteriously rewarding album"
Jonathan Aird - Americana UK
"de grootste muzikale openbaring van eigen bodem in jaren"
Fred Hoogendoorn - Noord Hollands Dagblad
"Het debuut van VanWyck is een grootse en meeslepende plaat vol bezwering en toverkracht en kan zomaar behoren tot het beste dat dit jaar verschijnt"
Erwin Zijleman - De krenten uit de pop
"expressie in elke lettergreep - "
Hester Carvalho - NRC
"een beklijvend droomdebuut"
Theo Volk - Music that needs attention
Pieter Wijnstekers - Popmagazine Heaven
"An Average Woman is een hartverscheurend mooi debuutalbum."
David Haakman - Popcorn
Streaming Premiere at The Bluegrass Situation
"Its poetics sumptuous, its sound ageless and its message resonant, “An Average Woman” is the arresting new single from Amsterdam’s VanWyck. Just released and stunning"
interview at vents magazine