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MV: pictoria vark takes up skateboarding in her breezy video for “Radio Silence”

pictoria vark – self-titled EP

pictoria vark, the spoonerism alias for New Jersey/Iowan musician Victoria Park, has already accomplished so much within the independent music scene despite only having one release to her name. A talented bass-player and an extensive tour partner (she’s helped open for bands like Big Thief, Julien Baker, and Haley Heynderickx as a bassist for Squirrel Flower), Park is currently making her own self-helmed project work after releasing her debut EP self-titled last year. She’s not doing too badly for herself–Park is currently touring France based off of the sole power of her debut. Finding a healthy mix of stream-of-consciousness lyricism, “sad-girl” angst, and a hardy DIY aesthetic, the music of pictoria vark hones in on a winning musical formula that already shows great promise. 

Recently, Park has released a video for “Radio Silence,” the scrappy lead single off of Self-Titled. Directed by Lucy Rinzler-Day, the visual accompaniment finds the singer teaching herself how to skateboard on a never-ending river towpath. There are no Tony Hawk-like tricks here–Park is no professional skater but she has fun doing it. Rinzler-Day’s video emits a charming breeziness as well, bringing a sweet and liberating tone to match the light-hearted, DIY feel of the song. 

Although Park is only at the beginning of her musical journey, she’s skating towards something great.

Artist pages: Bandcamp | Facebook | Spotify | Twitter

Featured photo by Nicole Rosengurt.

Li-Wei Chu

Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think. He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.

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