Vian Izak - Northern Anthems & Comic Book (March 23 2018)

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.

Full Album

"Cinematic" - Pop Muzik

Smooth vocals, anthemic choruses” - Alex Rainbird Music

Progressive and prolific”. - 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

Comic

Photos

Videos

The Official Vian Izak's Adventures Trailer

Vian Izak sharing his project at the Spotify Office in NYC (Shared by Spotify on Facebook)

Press Release/Bio

Note to Blog Editors:

On March 23 2018 Vian Izak will release his full length album and distribute his 32 page comic through Spotify. The comic will be part of Spotify’s first comic book fans campaign in where the company will use its data to identify and contact Izak’s top users and then send the comic to them. We want to partner with a pop blog to share the web version of the comic for the first time to non Spotify users and to feature the single from the album. 

Press Release

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.

Vian Izak's end of 2017 stats supplied by Spotify

Vian Izak's end of 2017 stats supplied by Spotify

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

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Read the full length feature describing 'Vian Izak's Adventures' on comic book news giant Newsaramahttps://goo.gl/i3U5v2

"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