Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck releases her new single “An Average Woman,” the title track off her upcoming moody, indie-folk album due out on January 19 on Maiden Name Records. Check out the song here:
Hauntingly atmospheric and melodious, the songs on “An Average Woman” unravel in a spiral of smoky soulful vocals aching with lyrical precision of stories untold. The album is about women who are visible and hidden, sacrificing and selfish, ordinary and magical, obligated and free. It’s about the mysteries lurking in the everyday and creating your own universe and your own sense of belonging, while stumbling along the way.
The lead single is about being braver, bolder, and sometimes selfish. Written in the past tense, it’s almost like a funeral song, burying the average woman in order for the creative woman to emerge. Accompanied by the award-winning bass player and arranger Reyer Zwart, lyrics and instrumentation intertwine to become a conversational narrative in a gentle dance of ebb and flow.
“Both my grandmothers were strong women (a nurse and a teacher) who came from very humble backgrounds and had to work hard and take care of children,” VanWyck said. “Being creative was a luxury that was often not allowed to them. Being in the foreground was also not something they were allowed to aspire to. One of my grandmothers was very inspirational in making me reach higher and to put all my talents to work. I keep her picture as a young girl on my desktop to remind me of the chances she never had and the way she pushed me to reach higher.”