Two years on from their critically lauded second album ‘Fall Better’ , Scottish 2 piece VUKOVI return with a record that is undoubtably the best distillation of their unique musical vision yet, brand new album ‘NULA’, which will be released on October 7th, 2022 through LAB Records.
Now a two piece, vocalist Janine and guitarist Hamish are VUKOVI, and have spent these strange two years gone plotting in their Glasgow base. Like any artist who’s toiled over their work, Janine is keen for the record to tell its own story. And yet excitingly, they are planning a Graphic Novella supplement to the record down the line. Janine worked on the framework for ‘NULA’ with the Scottish based scientist and young adult fiction writer L.Gourley. “It was important to me that the science made sense,” says Janine, “and that I worked with a woman, and that she was someone I could get pissed with.” ‘NULA’ is, as vocalist Janine explains ‘A concept record’, which charts the journey of this character (called Nula) in a distant, far off, Sci-fi world. “Growing up I was obsessed with the likes of Akira, Batman: The Animated Series, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, The Alien franchise, Star Wars, all massive influences of mine and one of the reasons I wanted to do a graphic novella.”
As well as being sonically ambitious, the album is incredibly, lyrically mature and astute, with the anthemic synthetic pop of the excellent ‘SLO’, which deals with singer Janine’s diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. “It’s almost like a love letter to something I hate, something that’s caused me so much suffering. But it’s also me wondering if I would cease to exist if it was removed from me. Or the heavy and heady rush of ‘I Exist’, which sees Janine push through the pain of mental illness and realise that she is worthy of life and deserving of joy. “I’m really interested in exploring the idea of joy,” says the singer. “I’ve had enough misery in my life. There’s a song I really like early on in the record called ‘Quench’, which is about sexual liberation from a woman’s perspective, which I don’t think we hear about enough.”
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6. I EXIST
10. KILL IT
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