Available on CD or Frosted clear vinyl with download card on Invada. Having been in Invada studios recently, recording their full-length due for release later in 2015, Invada have decided to press Berlin’s The KVB’s cassette onto CD and limited vinyl. An imagined soundtrack to a dystopian future, you’ll love it if you’re into Drokk or that Mega-City One sound. Now then, where’s my Oberheim?
8/10 Robin Staff review, 20 May 2015
Nothing says cold and calculated like a grayscale picture of pillars holding up a huge empty room, so props to the KVB for accurately prefacing their record. As someone who hates pillars and considers them arbitrary to our particular office’s structure, I’m relieved that this record is everything you could possibly want from our favourite darkwave crew; the band’s taut gothic fabrications remain, slithering through a record that toys with ambient scaping before using terrified beats to create the usual runaway atmosphere.
‘Mirror Being’ feels largely like an attempt by the KVB to give themselves over to atmosphere, with vocals heavily treated and largely ignored. They run through the Disappears-esque post-punk of “Obsession” like another strand of suffocating sound, indecipherable but unpleasantly spat among the layers of guitar and synth. The distortion of “Obsession” shows the duo trying to trigger dystopia, as if taking a beautiful sounding pastiche of sound and crumbling it in their hands.
On the flip, the panorama they’ve made starts to become panicked -- where the shoegazing drone intro of “Atlas” felt encompassing and omniscient, “Fields” utilises an industrial-strength beat to make the listener feel like they’re hurriedly looking behind themselves, scared of what’s around the corner. I say, does John Carpenter know about this riff raff? He should, because it’s awesome.
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