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- Minus One by The KVB
"They're meant to be the new Jesus and Mary Chain or something" said Phil. Bollocks they are. There's much more to this album than that.
OK, it's pretty clear that Nick Wood - aka 'Klaus Von Barrel' in earlier times, heh - and Kat Day have probably played Psychocandy a good few times in their lives. About one minute into the fourth track here ('Live Or Die') I thought I could hear JAMC's 'Inside Me'. No bad thing. And, yes, the mix of gloomy synths and gloomy guitars and gloomy vocals recalls the Bunnymen, and Joy Division, and the rest of those post-punk devils from some of the UK's 80s drabbest spots.
But, I dunno, out of all the stuff I've heard this year it won't surprise many of you that this reminds most of the last one from the absolutely excellent Tropic Of Cancer, and more than a bit of Disappears. In other words, this is beautifully crafted stuff that pulls off that desperately difficult trick of making extremely familiar territory- whether you want to call that goth or shoegaze or post-punk or whatever - feel a little bit new again.
Minimal where it needs to be, loud where it needs to be, dirty and fuzzy where it needs to be. Love it. It also clocks in at just under 33 minutes or so, which would gain it an extra mark in my book if that didn't mean dishing out a 10.
These lot have apparently done a few more albums which I now feel like an utter tool for not knowing about. Must go seek.
10/10 KG 18th November 2013
One of the best albums of the year and that's a fact. The KVB wear their influences but transcend them too. There's not a note wrong on Minus One and every song is superb.
9/10 rocktease 18th November 2013
passing by..with this live or die, dominance/submission again and again in this endless radiant hour...l realised all l wanted was to kill the lights.......it takes me somewhere else for a little while ;)
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