Nice and direct split release from Felte Records, who have selected two groups they reckoned might compliment each other well. Flaamingos sound pleasingly deep and danceable in their bright synth-pop-haze, which The KVB's electronically souped-up shoegaze compliments very nicely. Three tracks for each artist, 12" vinyl.
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 July 2015
Flaamingos. Right, can you all stop with the misspelt band names...please? They play a kind of pulsating take on early '80s goth rock certainly more Fields of the Nephilim than Joy Division. It's nicely crafted with its wobbly bass lines and eerie synths but to be honest I’ve heard it all before and the songs aren’t strong enough to transcend that. It’s ok though ‘Naomi’ is probably the best of the lot.
If I hadn’t been told it was a separate band on the other side I would have just thought the whole thing was a Flaamingos record. The KVB do a remarkably similar thing using gothy basslines and massive stadium Gary Numan synths. Both vocalists wish to be Ian Curtis... in fact ‘I Call First’ wishes it was Joy Division’s atmosphere or OMD’s ‘Joan of Arc’. It’s passable but we can’t be have a bit of originality... just a tiny bit?
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