RELEASED 9TH JUNE 2014
Known mostly for his sporadic album releases and deadpan drone, Tom Vek is a bit of an acquired taste. His loud and proud drawling can often swerve between the off-key and the anthemic – something that can make the first listen a little tough for some. However, once you get acquainted, it’s the start of a relationship that flourishes beautifully. He’s a master of propulsive pop gems, and has a compelling ability to play with the world of dance floor electro-angst like no one else. Call it that ole’ Vek charm.
‘Luck’ is Vek’s third album in nearly ten years, which speaks volumes about his perfectionist nature. His first release, ‘We Have Sound’, came out in 2005 and had the music world rubbing its hands lecherously in anticipation. Unfortunately, it was another five years before 2011’s ‘Leisure Seizure’ would satiate their appetite. This time around, he decided to shave off the extra two years of waiting, and now he’s back with a bang (and a synth and a drone). ‘Luck’ offers more of the same storming synths, only with a spot more strength and sophistication.
However, like his previous albums, it’s worth noting that it’s not for everyone. His love of desultory dissonance and out of tune wailing can require extra effort, especially on the more downbeat tracks. But, when he’s doing what he does best, there’s a lot to celebrate. Tracks like ‘Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)’, ‘Broke’ and ‘Pushing Your Luck’ are loud, stomping, bluesy fun that would get even the most prudish nodding their head.
It’s a collection that marks a subtle surge in confidence in Vek, and makes you wonder what the next three years will bring us. Though we hope we’re not left waiting that long again.
3 – Falmouth (Pavilions)
4 – Oxford (The Art Bar)
6 – Portsmouth (Wedgewood Rooms)
7 – Brighton (The Haunt)
8 – Manchester (Gorilla)
9 – Glasgow (King Tuts)
11 – Leeds (Cockpit)
12 – Liverpool (Kazimier)
14 – Nottingham (Bodega)
15 – London (Koko)