New Zealand independent pop artist VÏKÆ makes a powerful sataement today with the release of her debut EP Finelines, and new single #fakefriends
An EP of empowerment and strength; with clever lyricism set against a backdrop of bold and quirk production, Finelines includes the already-released singles, Rumours, Truth and Finelines. Collectively the tracks have clocked up hundreds and thousands of streams across platforms and secured VÏKÆ prime positions in the official charts, including ‘Finelines’ which debuted at #6 in the Hot 20 NZ Singles chart.
For VÏKÆ, FINELINES is a deeply personal record, which marks the end of an era and the start of a new beginning. “Coming from such a dark place two years ago, where I literally loathed my existence, to a place of empowerment is a really emotional feeling,” she explains. “This EP outlines all the struggles that I have had during my diagnoses with mental and physical illnesses, and how they have really changed my life.”
Co-written and produced with Abigail Knudson (MISSY), VÏKÆ describes their working partnership as “magical”. “I am so very privileged to have been under her mentorship for the last two years. She has taught me so many invaluable lessons about technique and songwriting. Her ability to see my vision clearly as well as adding her own nuances and flair just worked flawlessly.”
“I’m ready to confront some cities, where I may have sinned, and sing my songs and move forward as not only an artist but a human being. Music-making is a cathartic process and it’s never really ‘finished’ (if arguably ever, but particularly) within the production and writing phase. I think there’s something really therapeutic about actually going ahead and singing these songs in public too. I just hope people resonate with it. Even if it’s just one person, that would mean the world to me!”
Born in Ukraine and seeking refuge in New Zealand post-Chernobyl, VÏKÆ is no stranger to adversity. Her music openly talks about her struggles with bipolar, addiction and poor judgement. Honest and raw VÏKÆ describes her artistry as being “brassy to purposefully make the psyche uncomfortable”. In an attempt to steer clear of coming across disingenuous, her unique “DIY” approach to making music, costuming and directing and editing her own music videos allows her to have complete autonomy of the authenticity of her artistry and music.