8/10 Mike Staff review, 29 May 2014
After their last LP ‘Always Then’ on Clan Destine sold out pressing after pressing, and the follow-up on Anton Newcombe’s A imprint dazzled both our Nath and the customers brave enough to submit their own opinions, “Klaus Von Barrel”’s The KVB are back this week with a short but sweet EP, recorded in Berlin last autumn with Stereolab’s Joe Dilworth providing live drums.
Those who have heard the albums will have a good idea what to expect here, as it’s pretty similar (except with live drums), a kind of gothy coldwave dreampop throb full of metronomic beats, blurry vocals and icy synths but also dense crackly slow guitar distortion that often floods the tracks with an electric tension in a way which will invite comparisons to the Jesus and Mary Chain, although S ND Y P RL RS might be closer.
There’s something about their deadly serious sound that’s incredibly addictive though; underneath the shades-indoor cool are beautifully written songs with catchy hooks and tasty Gallup-ing basslines and subtly catchy hooks, delivered with a finely honed and distinctive aesthetic. Good band.
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