Posts Tagged ‘Vita and the Woolf’

Vita and the Woolf is the sound of operatic vocals meeting synth pop. Driven by the anthemic voice of front woman, Jennifer Pague and supported by the dynamic drumming of Adam Shumski, Vita and the Woolf has been melding cross-genre influences in their powerhouse electronic style since their first EP “Fang Song” came out in 2014. Their head-turning live show has since grown to reflect both the range of Pague’s vocals and the music’s shape shifting energy.

Originally inspired by the love relationship between novelists Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, the name “Vita and the Woolf” was chosen while Pague was studying abroad in Europe in 2012. Upon returning to the states and going through a variety of line up changes, the band has since solidified as a collaboration between Pague and Shumski. In the past year this configuration of Vita and the Woolf has been featured on the Urban Outfitters Music Blog, NYLON Magazine, and other regional and national media outlets as the band gears up for their upcoming album release in 2017 of their debut album release “Tunnels”.

Jennifer Pague of Vita and the Woolf has zero interest in being famous—she just wants to make music. Ironically, the music she is making is what is propelling her and bandmate, drummer Adam Shumski, into indie stardom.

The powerhouse duo has amassed thousands of followers recently and put out two stellar EPs, Fang Song and Pretty BoysAnd their newest album, Tunnelshas an energy that’s both infectious and assertive. Pague’s cutting vocal range and electro-dynamic production are full of confidence and soaring energy, while the support of Shumski’s percussion carries the EP from beginning to end.

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Tunnels is for listeners of Beach House, James Blake, Future Islands, Son Lux, Sylvan Esso, St. Vincent, and FKA twigs. Jennifer Pague is not just a singer, but she also writes, records, and produce the majority of this music. I want people to know that she will appreciate every compliment they give and every criticism because that means they are at least paying attention. I have zero interest in accomplishing fame,

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Philadelphia’s newest electric soul-pop group Vita and the Woolf and their EP release “Fang Song” came out earlier this year. With Front woman Jennifer Pague is expected to impress the with her dynamic vocal range on tracks such as the passionate “Mary” and the circus-inspired “Slipping Hills,” both tunes off of their Fang Song EP,  The eight-track record is result of Prague’s dedicated two years of writing.  As  Xmas approaches here is a superbly worked cover of the Joni Mitchell song “River ” 

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Vita and the Woolf – I remember sitting at my desk during the summer and a friend recommended Vita and the Woolf’s single “Mary” . We stopped what we were doing, crowded around the laptop speakers and listened for the four minutes or so. Frontwoman and pianist Jennifer Pague has a commanding voice and a knack for writing music that pulls you in. It’s soulful, its rocks out with abandon,  plus anthemic arenas. “Fang Song”, Vita and the Woolf’s debut, was a DIY recording project of Pague’s as she wrote a cycle of songs inspired by the romance between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sack-ville West. It’s lo-fi, but it shimmers. With the formation of a live band with Bobby Cleveland on bass and synth and Adam Shumski on drums, their next record could be something special.