While many artists and bands can make an impression with their initial EP or batch of singles, their debut album is the true test. On our latest peek into the indie world we are checking out Vox Rea, the self-titled album of Vox Rea. Originally formed by Kate Kurdyak (lead vocals/piano/guitar/bass), her sister Lauren Kurdyak (vocals/piano), and childhood best friend Kaitlyn Hansen-Boucher (vocals/percussion), these three talented musicians joined forces back in 2015 known as The Katherines. The band received plenty of success leading up to their initial 2017 release To Bring You My Heart, with the album eventually earning over a million online streams and features on numerous indie playlists. The band’s enchanting performances slayed audiences around the country, earning praise from listeners and critic playmakers alike. Having added Berklee-alum Mitchell Schaumberg (vocals/piano/guitar/bass) to the roster and embracing the Vox Rea pseudonym, their sophomore effort has arrived.
“Our debut album was born out of a fascination with the contradictions inherent in the human experience. It is a celebration of free will and an ode to the paralyzing nature of choice. The intoxicating night roaming and the guilty morning after, a revelry in excess and an exercise in solemn self-reflection. In essence, the album chronicles the odyssey of a group of artists trying to come to terms with their generation’s place in the human story. Through themes of addiction, self-doubt, lust, identity, independence and grief it asks what it really means to be free.“ – Vox Rea
On those weeks where we are absolutely slammed by one genre over the other, it’s a must that we make an exception for a release like this. Originally popping on our radar back in 2020 with their sophomore single, Vox Rea has come quite far since we first checked in. Created as a blend of both the analog and the digital, Vox Rea combines both subtle electronics with raw off-the-floor performances to create this raw, emotional, and unique sound that makes Vox Rea stand out from the fray. This only adds to the album’s dreamy tone and soundscape, allowing dreamy electropop to thrive and work the atmosphere to create a sound that only Vox Rea could embody. The band’s style almost warps our mindset into thinking we’re nomads on our own independent journey to discover ourself, which resonates with the album’s production. Vox Rea was written in various apartments across Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin, Montreal and Boston and recorded in a studio nestled in the snowy forests of Quebec. Yeah, Vox Rea is a group of nomads themselves that we wouldn’t mind following as they continue to grow as artists.
Want to catch Vox Rea on tour?
May 14 – Toronto, ON – The Pursuit Of Happiness @ Lee’s Palace
June 16 – Vancouver, BC – Vox Rea Release Show @ The Hollywood Theatre
July 1 – Victoria, BC – Victoria Canada Day Celebration
July 2 – Cowichan Lake, BC – Laketown Shakedown Festival
July 16 – New Westminster, BC – Uptown Live! Festival
July 23 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
July 29 – Sacramento, CA – The Russ Room
July 30 – San Francisco, CA – Casements
July 31 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
August 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – Woodhouse Brewing
August 6 – Santa Cruz, CA – Woodhouse Brewing
August 12 – Laguna/Sacramento, CA – Hot Concerts in the Park
August 13 – Half Moon Bay – Mac Dutra Park
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