If you follow our YouTube channel, you’ll know that VOKES has been on our radar for some time now. Since his formative debut earlier this year, the Los Angeles native has released a steady string of singles under the moniker and slowly worked his way up the charts. Coming off a two-day trip through California with fellow soul-pop sweethearts, HONNE, the singer/producer is prepping the release of his long-awaited debut EP, Fractalism, which we here at Indie Current have the absolute pleasure of premiering.
Written and recorded between the months of May 2015 and January 2016, the EP is inspired by the unique visual properties of fractal art, which VOKES tells us is the best visual representation of his music. Naturally, he commissioned his good friend and graphic artist Marius Roosendaal to create the artwork you see above. It, like the relationships that he so often describes in his music, appear to show shapes (couples) breaking apart while simultaneously forming new ones (bonds).
“Something about that caught my eye and seemed to sync with the stories and productions I was beginning to create,” says VOKES, whose real name is Mike Harris. “I had written a large body of songs before I started VOKES but this EP was the first time I discovered my sound and what seemed identifiable to me as an artist. The Fractalism EP is based around a personal narrative of relationships that kept falling apart and restarting seemingly at the same time.”
Listen to the EP in its entirety below, including two new tracks “Cravings” and “Wrong.”