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Or else, I’ve done mischievous deeds

Or else, I’ve done mischievous deeds
planting but sorrow, harvesting seeds
unripe, that others had interred.
The dissolution of souls deferred
my strikes, mirrored them. I fell.

Pluck a petal, pick your passion.
I take no pleasure in tiring my head,
stirring, recurring to stratagems
of deviant kind.
Lands of gems,
single islets producing but doublets.

It’s getting harder and harder,
ardour’s betraying all,
or else, I’m doing mischievous things.

Still feeling, feeling still, stings
– I feel the pain draining through

Shall I compare you to a summer’s day,
you should, but I need to go away
too soon to listen, too far back to stay,
the only thing I want to live for is today.

Each of them looks alike
not a critique of pure dishonesty
but I attempt to see whom I’d like
to see.
Scraping leaves – hello
I say. Is it you?
Tourists? I’ve been one
back in the day,
when beer was cheaper than food. And now
I travel around the house, tomorrow
I’ll be sitting in a better place.

Hunger doesn’t leave me,
it makes me write, and then
it scares me with dyslexia.

Alas, I want to eat, yet I don’t,
I’m no use fat nor skinny. The only want
of me is me.

Thersites was my friend, the best,
he gave me a helmet with a crest,
“Put it on and walk around”
he said, “falling to the ground
you’ll see the chicks.”
I’m done with this,
to hear the switches, to hear the mis-
sing of a name.

O, give me fame.


Vök: Album Review Figure



By Aisling Ehrismann

Now this is a debut album to look out for. The Icelandic four piece Vök swivels in a psychedelic out-of-this-world like atmosphere with their first full length album release. The band started out as participants of an annual music battle contest in Iceland and won as a result of their uniqueness. Now their first album Figure is out, it reminds of the XX’s debut but still manages to step out of their shadow. Figure is more bold and innovative as the synths in the electronic hymn Polar show. Its avant-garde style is also suggestive of Björk’s lasting impression on the Nordic music scene.

Figure is about the many facets, forms and shapes the band has. Cold but also passionate currents weave themselves through the arrangements. There is a dusky, atmospheric tenderness as well as a romantic throbbing just waiting to burst out. A dystopic sense distorts the more dreamy sequences in their melodic synth tracks. The album opener and current single Breaking Bones particularly stands out. With its moody and pounding attitude it sort of glides over the listener. Eeriness and melancholy define this ethereal electronic-pop debut.


High vocals from lead singer Margrét pierce through and her lower tones soothingly coil around you throughout the whole album but especially in Lightning Storm. The song alludes to the harshness of the cold Icelandic winter. The heaviness of the snow completely covering the landscape is brought about with Margrét’s understated velvety vocals. But not only fans of slow melancholy soundtracks get their money’s worth. There are a few more upbeat and danceable tracks as well. Therefore, don’t miss them playing live (tonight)!

Tonight (14th of May 2017)

7pm at Mascotte, Zurich.

Plagiarism. Or: An Honest Mistake.

Dramatis Personae:

Student (hereafter: S)

Professor (hereafter: P)

Setting: The professor’s office. The professor is sitting behind the desk reading through some papers. A knock on the door is heard.

P: Come in please!

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