Written In Music

'Spycker slaagt er in juist de psychedelische inslag in de nummers te brengen met een minimalistische benadering. Een klein effect op de stem zoals in Screwdriver Crimes en de manier waarop hij zijn nummers zingt, geven de muziek al een psychedelische inslag. Tel daarbij de afwisseling die de nummers in opbouw en uitvoering hebben en er zijn tien fraaie staaltjes te beluisteren van eigenzinnige akoestische psychedelica' [...] Full review

GigBand

'This is a unique and fundamentally sound CD from a unique and fascinating artist from The Netherlands. It’s nice to know within the ranks of millions of independent artists, some are capable of delivering something special that sticks true within their own style and artistic expression. All the while touching an occasionally painfully honest collection of beautiful, powerful and uplifting songs' [...] Full review

Indie Artists Alliance

'One thing that impressed me about this album is the attention to detail and overall production value. There is an ambience that really sucks the listener into the world of mystery. Spycker would be wise to keep honing his craft because he’s not far from groundbreaking. Voted Away is a musical void you should enter with caution and bewilderment' [...] Full review

Luna Kafé

'Spycker a.k.a. Michiel Omtzigt follows some more experimental releases with a more song-based offering and it's stunning. Opener "Ridiculous Mind" is a calm, yet tensely played song that recalls the nineties lo-fi scene at its best. "A Contemporary Classic" is a soft song with plenty of atmosphere for Spycker to work some magic into' [...] Full review

Rootstime

'Deze plaat vertoont nog muzikale uitstapjes in de wereld van experimentele klanken en zal bij velen nog wat te moeilijk in de oren klinken. Of de wereld al rijp is voor deze actuele muziek en geluiden zal de toekomst moeten uitwijzen. Ook bij ons moet dit allemaal eerst nog even bezinken vooraleer we een correcte quotering aan dit vrij complexe album kunnen geven' [...] Full review

Vents Magazine

'This CD delivers on all fronts and quite frankly BLEW ME AWAY.This is good alternative rock that delivers 10 mind-blowing songs that will keep you mesmerized with quirky off the cuff messages, and music that is slightly adrenalized, crazy, psychotic and straight from the insane asylum. Give this CD a wide bertha as it tries to express itself via a vibe that is unmistakably Spycker' [...] Full review

MusicZine

'Pour atteindre son objectif, le Batave n’a pas hésité à choisir l’autoproduction. « Voted Away » débute par plusieurs morceaux de folk ‘aquatique’. La voix de l’artiste est plus ou moins modulée par les effets. Sa guitare acoustique est soutenue par de subtils arrangements minimalistes. Une basse par ici, un orgue par-là, le tout est toujours parfaitement dosé. Pourtant, l’émotion est bien présente' [...] Full review

Skope

'Spycker has managed to hit a home run with this. “Voted Away” is a 10 track masterpiece of simplicity proving again that good alternative rock need not be taken too seriously – but never to be taken to lightly either. Here Omtzigt achieves his own distinctive voice in significant part by featuring the unique guitar/voice combination at the core of all these somewhat melancholy songs' [...] Full review

Paperblog

Voted Away by Dutch musician Spycker, stage name of Michiel Omtzigt, is a depressing album. He sings about heartbreak and distress, a tormented soul spilling the beans. This is the dark side of acoustic blues-inspired psychedelica, the comedown after the high. Happy musicians don't write memorable lines and Omtzigt must feel really, really bad' [...] Full review

Centrifug

'Jag vänder mig till skivetiketten Webbedhand som jag besökte mer än frekvent när jag planerade för radioprogrammen. Jag fyllde en del radiotimmar med sådant. Dock aldrig med Spycker. Det är nytt! Skivan Fonderie Olive är en ganska stökig, robust och skitig upplevelse men också drömsk, vacker och föreställande. Experimentsfull och påhittig' [...] Full review

AllWhatsRock

'This CD may not be for you if you just got fired or divorced, but regardless of any of that “Voted Away” proves that with continued dedication via a powerful slew of songs a dream can be fully realized regardless of how upbeat it is. On “Voted Away” there is no overdubbing or disappointingly amateurish mixing with a disingenuous attempt in making a hit record' [...] Full review

Indie Shark

'After listening to “Voted Away” by Spycker it’s evident to me his talents are far beyond what I imagined or even expected. He has a mysterious voice and look that many people will gravitate towards no doubt. Spycker is a fresh new musical force to be reckoned with and one would be wise to keep a watchful eye on him over the years to come. My hats off to Omtzigt for making the decision to write “real” music' [...] Full review

MusicScan

'Das bedächtige Vorgehen von Spycker, sein zielbewusstes Komponieren und die entsprechenden Lyrics spielen so zusammen, dass der Niederländer seine Absichten umsetzt. Die insgesamt kompakte Anmutung trägt das ihre zum Gelingen bei, doch in den Details und der Instrumentierung zeigt sich der Sound-Tüftler breiter aufgestellt, als man es zunächst vermutet' [...] Full review

Music Emissions

'If these tracks were more upbeat and rocked out I could hear Primus, Gorillaz or even The Bloodhound Gang performing them. That's how crazy it is. Without a doubt, it's impossible to deny the superiority of this artist consisting of just Omtzigt. Imagine Beck and Pink Floyd having a baby - now you get Spycker's sound. It's epically, quirky and you get this feeling as if you are in a funny nightmare' [...] Full review

Indie Music Digest

'It’s an absolute pleasure to get a brilliant musical perspective from an artist that let's us get a sneak peak beneath his veil of vanity. This CD remains one of the most interesting and trippiest musical statements I’ve heard in quite some time. Omtzigt possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be dangerous. One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on him - wherever he may wander' [...] Full review

Rock n Roll View

'Here’s one artist that has the courage to write, play and release music that goes a bit against the grain but will remind you of just how bad modern day music has really gotten. In fact in this age of Kardashian-esqe entertainment I got to hand it to a guy like Omtzigt who is the fruit of what many have been longing for. One walks away feeling like they listened to something a little truer than accustomed' [...] Full review