Vouna’s synth-laden, pastoral take on the often crushing and morose tenets of funeral doom is refreshing and enveloping in its naturalistic flow, folk-imbued textures, ethereal vocal melodies and black metal ambiance. We’re therefore delighted to bring you an exclusive premiere of “A Place to Rest,” the scene-setting opening track to the band’s self-titled debut. The song itself pulls the aforementioned disparate sounds together in cohesive fashion and should appeal as much to fans of Myrkur or Subrosa as it will to acolytes of Skepticism or Wolves in the Throne Room.
Speaking of the latter, Vouna’s first LP was recorded at WITTR’s Owl Lodge studio and will be released on 9 November through their label, Artemisia Records. But while Vouna share plenty of spiritual and sonic commonalities with WITTR, the vision of Yianna Bekris, the talented multi-instrumentalist behind the band and guitarist of the post-black metal collective Eigenlicht, remains distinctive due to her interesting array of inspirations.
“My primary influences I would say were Skepticism, My Dying Bride, fucked-up sounding lo-fi black metal, and Greek folk music,” she reveals. “My Dying Bride were the first doom band I ever loved. When I first heard them as a teenager, I was exclusively listening to death metal and didn’t understand why anyone would want to use clean singing for anything, ever. Something about the drama of the clean vocals mixed with their death metal riffs made it okay, though.”