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The KVB are gearing up to the release of their sixth album, entitled ‘Only Now Forever’, which will be released October 12th via Invada Records.

The band have now shared new single “On My Skin” which the band describe as “the most openly romantic track on our new album”. They go on to explain “It’s a song that deals with the glowing anticipation of new relationships and the uncertainty and optimism whilst falling in love. How people have a presence even when they are not present, and how memories can linger and infatuate your mind. Treading the lines between euphoria and melancholia, it also recognises that in these delicate beginnings, nothing can last forever.”

After intense touring their 2016 release ‘Of Desire’, The KVB returned to their home to further immerse themselves in sonic experimentation. The resulting Only Now Forever heralds the next chapter in the adopted-Berliners dark, electronic pop development. “On our new album we wanted to take everything we had learned in the studio recording our last album and apply it to self-producing this album,” explains the band. Recorded entirely in their Berlin apartment throughout 2017 the band decided they wanted to take a freer approach to writing and recording. “In the past, we had always tried to restrict ourselves productions wise, to what was possible to play live as a duo, but this time we wanted to expand our compositions and instrumentation, and let the atmosphere dictate the layers of sound.”

Offering poignant lyricism that explores modern anxieties that plague many, the duo manage to imbue feelings of empowerment, fighting such struggles with a deceivingly sanguine sound. This seamless juxtaposition is perhaps their best trait. “For us it is an album of contrasts: light yet dark, uplifting yet melancholic, romantic yet unsettling.”

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The ethereal cover ,mirrors dreamy songs such as ‘Live In Fiction’, ‘Cerulean’ and ‘Violet Noon’ – the latter a romantic ode to the apocalypse. In reaction to the anxieties of now, there are more aggressive moments on the album, such as the title track ‘Only Now Forever’ and the single ‘Above Us’, a driving defiance against modern life. Dark and seductive tracks like ‘Afterglow’ & ‘Into Life’ show the influence being in Berlin has had on making the album, a place that has been their home for the past four years.

The duo will take Only Now Forever on the road across the UK and Europe following the October release.

 

The KVB release their 6th album to date entitled ‘Only Now Forever’.

This is the ltd edition mail order exclusive variant, pressed on 2 x transparent natural vinyl with heavy black splatter. This is limited to 300 copies only!, The records come housed in a spined sleeve with beautiful artwork, and digital download card included.

After intense touring their 2016 release ‘Of Desire’, The KVB returned to their home to further immerse themselves in sonic experimentation. The resulting Only Now Forever heralds the next chapter in the adopted-Berliners dark, electronic pop development.


“On our new album we wanted to take everything we had learned in the studio recording our last album and apply it to self-producing this album,” explains the band. Recorded entirely in their Berlin apartment throughout 2017 the band decided they wanted to take a freer approach to writing and recording. “In the past, we had always tried to restrict ourselves productions wise, to what was possible to play live as a duo, but this time we wanted to expand our compositions and instrumentation, and let the atmosphere dictate the layers of sound.”

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Whilst holding evident inspiration from previous times, the sound this London-founded duo present is progressive and distinctly new in every sense. Idyllic at times; gritty in others, each bar is as enchanting as the last, leaving you in a melancholic trance. Offering poignant lyricism that explores modern anxieties that plague many, the duo manage to imbue feelings of empowerment, fighting such struggles with a deceivingly sanguine sound. This seamless juxtaposition is perhaps their best trait.

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Full EP released on Invada Records 19/05/2017

After intense touring ‘Of Desire’ in Europe, Asia and beyond, The KVB returned to their studio to further immerse themselves in sonic experimentation. The resulting ‘Above Us’ heralds the next chapter in the adopted-Berliners dark, electronic pop development. With waves of synthesisers, flourishes of surf guitar and sequences driving with nervous energy, the tension finally relieves with a surging, euphoric chorus.
Brighter and more expansive than ever, the track demonstrates the bands growing ability to create sonic journeys, yet retains the atmosphere synonymous with The KVB.
 
“‘Above Us’ is about defiance in reaction to the anxieties of modern life. In a world where you and your data are the product, ‘Above Us’ seeks to reclaim the power over yourself and to make your own decisions.” Kat & Nick, The KVB
 
This Summer sees the duo make several festival appearances including Green Man and Meltdown the latter of which is curated by The Cure’s Robert Smith.
 
‘Above Us’ is released on Invada Records, 30th May 2018

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London based purveyors of dark, industrially-tinged post-punk and psych, “We don’t really think of it as being dark that much,” mutters Nick Wood, of London’s audio-visual drone bombers the KVB. “It just comes out like that.”

This is surprising, as to me the KVB’s music evokes the ominous chill of abandoned factories; burning wreckage on the post-industrial wasteground just outside of the city; a conflation of romantic betrayal and socioeconomic collapse; end times, and bad things waiting on the periphery, but the kind of bad things that many of us are unerringly drawn to.

“I’ve always liked the darker side of music, and even bands like the Rolling Stones, ‘Paint It Black,’ those sorts of songs,” Nick admits eventually. “I’ve always been quite dark; I’ve always been drawn to that.” They’re all inevitable, these comparisons and labels. With the shoegaze thing it’s kind of inevitable I think, because there is obviously that influence in there, and we can’t really deny it. But that gets put on a lot of different music. Even when there are no guitars on some of our songs, it’s still like, shoegaze.

All songs written by The KVB.

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Nicholas Wood and Kat Day are The KVB, a shoegaze-indebted synth-pop duo who are gearing up to release a brand new EP on Geoff Barrow’s Invada label.

Having started out with a handful of vinyl and cassette releases, their sound swiftly grew into a being of its own. Leaning heavily on hardware (having rummaged through Barrow’s vintage synth collection for previous recordings). On “Fixation”, the vocals blend into the trudging, smoky fog of synths. Quietly epic and totally very bewitching, the track has the kind of mysterious repeat-play quality that evokes Depeche Mode at their most ghostly.

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Check out the track below and check out the artwork for the EP below. The Fixation / White Walls EP is released on vinyl and digital on 19th May

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