The debut E.P. from Manchester based electronic duo U.V. (Zandra Klievens and Jonjo Feather). Two singles this year have caused quite a stir : ‘Cuts’ included here garnered the duo a Record Store Day Recommendation from God Is In The TV and spins from the likes of Tom Ravenscroft BBC6 and Shell Zenner Amazing Radio. The E.P. consolidates the duo’s brooding aesthetic.
“Effortlessly uniting a fairytale of dark underground disco, minimal techno and ethereal pop” The 405.
Think Elizabeth Fraser carousing with Trent Reznor.
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 29 September 2014
We've got a lovely and surprisingly limited EP here from duo U.V., the Manchester-based duo of familiar face Jonjo Feather and unfamiliar face Zandra Klievens. This pair play a dreamy kind of electronic pop with Klievens's breathy, wispily reverbed voice floating ethereally over silky synth drones, tinkling pianos and hard-edged computer beats. "Think Elizabeth Fraser carousing with Trent Reznor", says the item description, hitting the nail squarely on the head. I'm thinking a more spectral take on the clinical and restrained late-night pop of The xx too.
My highlight on first listen is penultimate track 'Here', an eerie soup of processed soulful crooning, dinky click'n'boop beats with weirdly phasing glitches and a ghostly xylophone echoing the vocal melody, a faltering whisper that's spookily double-tracked, while grinding drones subtly drop in and out of the background creating a controlled ebb and flow of tension. Impressive stuff for those of the smoky and subtle nocturnal pop persuasion. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot more from this pair in future.
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