‘Hard to classify and even harder not to love’ UNCUT
‘Ambition and self-assured daring’ MOJO
‘songwriting purists’ The Independent
‘A kaleidoscopic adventure in sound’ The Skinny
Operating on a plane between avant-garde indie, bubbling electronica and cosmic psychedelia, London group Voka Gentle have an addictive, amorphous sound. A three limbed beast made up of twins Ellie and Imogen Mason, and William J. Stokes, each is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer with an imperious understanding of three dimensional sound. The latest manifestation of this is new single Necrofauna / The Garden of Eden – which also features Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips – out May 27th via Leafy Outlook.
Necrofauna / The Garden of Eden – recorded with neo-metal battalion Pigsx7 guitarist and producer Sam Grant – is the first release in earnest since 2019’s acclaimed debut album Start Clanging Cymbals, released via Nude Records. Having come through the dues-paying gestation period that leads up to a debut record, there’s a sense of liberation around this new phase for Voka Gentle – a subtle confidence in their craft. It’s well earned too – with high praise from the likes of UNCUT, MOJO and The Line of Best Fit at press. Support comes too from BBC 6 Music – including presenting an edition of Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone – and Radio 1. Tracks from that album also featured on FIFA 19 and The Sims 2020, aiding in recognition.
A live set at the prestigious Pitchfork Avant Garde festival, as well as a clutch of tastemaker festivals in the UK (Dot to Dot, Live At Leeds, The Great Escape, Kendall Calling, Bluedot, Neighbourhood), alongside the serendipitous shows with The Flaming Lips and sell-out headline gigs, provide a strong live pedigree.
‘Necrofauna / The Garden of Eden’ is out on May 27th via Leafy Outlook.