Vian Izak - Northern Anthems & Comic Book
UPDATE: March 27, Blog Reviews:
"Vian Izak is a visual and an audio talent to be enjoyed at the same time. The drawings are just beautiful and the songs are divine." ~ Music for Your Heart (LINK)
"'Starlit Summer’s Eve' is quite a wonderful piece and will get you listening on repeat." ~ Aipate (LINK)
"New track 'Starlit Summer’s Eve' wastes no time getting epic with a chorus of booming percussion and harmonies supporting Vian’s beautiful vocals. If you don’t feel uplifted by the end of the track, just start it again from the beginning until you do!" ~ York Calling (LINK)
"They have just released their song about violence in London called 'The London Air Raids.' The beautifully composed and performed song captures the brothers talent abilities of songwriting and singing." ~ Rock the Pigeon (LINK)
"Normally, 'The London Air Raids' would be too mainstream for us, but somehow we got the song from Vian Izak. This chorus just has to be heard among the people, this ear-worm deserves to be heard." ~ We Love That Sound (LINK)
AFTER OFFICIALLY PARTNERING WITH SPOTIFY IN LAUNCHING AN EXCLUSIVE COMIC BOOK IN CONJUNCTION WITH SIX EPS, OVER A DOZEN PLAYLIST ADDS, a Indie Music Award Nomination, AND SEVEN MILLION STREAMS, VIAN IZAK RELEASES FULL LENGTH ALBUM AND PHYSICAL COPIES OF COMIC. THE ALBUM LAUNCHES THROUGH A SPOTIFY SPONSORED CAMPAIGN WHERE TOP FANS/LISTENERS RECEIVE A FREE PHYSICAL COPY OF THE COMIC.
The Official Vian Izak's Adventures Trailer
Vian Izak sharing his project at the Spotify Office in NYC (Shared by Spotify on Facebook)
Nashville - Animated South African American artist Vian Izak partnered with Spotify for an exclusive six month campaign to promote six EPs and a 32 page full color webcomic exclusively available to Spotify fans. The project aims to combine comic book/superhero culture with pop music. After receiving 7 million streams in 2017, over a dozen playlist placements including New Music Friday, and a social campaign by Spotify on both its Twitter (https://goo.gl/K1Lbiu) and Facebook (https://goo.gl/Mnx3go) accounts, Izak wraps up the project by releasing ‘Northern Anthems’ which combines the past six releases into an album. He is also releasing a printed version of his comic worldwide which up until now has been exclusive to Spotify users.
Originally featured on comic news giant Newsarama (https://goo.gl/i3U5v2) and added to New Music Friday in several countries including Canada and Norway, the first part of the project launched in late July 2017 and wrapped up in December 2017. The music has been featured by dozens of indie pop blogs and described as cinematic, progressive, and emotional. Izak deals with issues ranging from loss, to hope, to political unrest. His lead single “Starlit Summer’s Eve” is an ethereal indie anthem outlining Izak’s ponderings on life and growing up. His second single "‘Till Your Heart is Still" walks through Izak’s relational ups and downs. His last single “The London Air Raids” is a look at today’s political climate through the eyes of two lovers during WW2.
The project is part of a unique wave of initiatives aiming to combine music with concept world and story. Inspired by The Archies in the sixties and The Gorillaz today, the project portrays all members as illustrated characters and weaves story into each musical release. Developed by illustrator Hein Zaayman, the Vian Izak comic titled “Vian Izak’s Adventures” is a fantastical sci-fi comic about two adventurers who discover strange phenomena in the Arctic like african animals roaming the waste. The travelers go on an adventure to discover the mystery behind the events.
Past Press and Playlists
"Cinematic" - Pop Muzik
“Smooth vocals, anthemic choruses” - Alex Rainbird Music
“Progressive and prolific [...] Cannot recommend this artist enough”. - Ear to the Ground Music
“Emotional imagery” - Music is my Life
“Vivid storytelling” - Yab Yum West
“Fall in love with the beauty and the magic” - Wolf in a Suit
“First the Gorillaz, now the latest is here.” - Newsarama