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Formed last spring after a trip to LA by Lewis Rainsbury, Alex Bailey and Matt Law, Vondelpark's early work found release on the 'Sauna EP', a record that explored the emotional blankness of modern life - plane travel, jet lag, interaction and long distance relationships, yet crackling between Lewis' haunted voice and haunting vocal samples, 'Sauna' was a work of precocious emotional depth and density. Home recorded and lo-fi, it blended cut-and-paste sampled beats and longingly minimal guitar lines, yet the complexity of arrangements and layers of sounds were made to feel natural and simplistic.
Their second EP, 'nyc bags and nyc stuff', develops on the musical themes of 'Sauna'. Still anchored by Lewis' tender vocals it's more abstract in its sampling and feels more musically cohesive. Rather than dealing with the emotional alienation of modernity nyc bags instead feels deeply personal, an exploration of the internal rather than external.