Geoff Barrow’s Invada label takes a break from the soundtracks to press up this fine EP from synth-gaze duo The KVB. Fixation / White Walls has the band’s original songs sharing wax with remixes from Mark Reeder, Invada, and the band themselves, as well as an extra remix by TVAM that can be accessed via the bundled download code.
Vinyl LP £15.49 INV180LP
5-track EP on Invada - transparent red vinyl with black splatter.
- Includes download code
Children of Invada the KVB have released two very good records of sub-industrial musings in the last two years and continue their gothic pursuits herein with ‘Fixation / White Walls’, an EP mirage of new tunes and several remixes. Opening on the deeply plunged, sonically deep fried “Fixation”, the record reinforces the shoegaze version of this band with aplomb, offering a band whose riffs sound well soaked while maintaining their post-punk clarity. “Alarms” uses firm, clicking beatwork against a motorik mood, with self-service vocals delivered as numb as possible before the band open up choruses of distorted shred and synth whirr. They sound in their element, as usual, moving methodically against gusts of wind.
From there we get into a quartet White Walls, with an extension on the ‘Of Desire’ original showing off those fluorescent synth squeals and unfurling rhythmic oscillations for maximum summer rejoicing. The Berlin version is stodgier, drilling itself into ground rather than beaming itself to air; at half the pace, Mark Reeder’s “Stoned” remix is exactly what it promises you it will be, while TVAM just makes everything that little bit bigger. Really, you only need hear one version to feel your heart warm up, but they’re each fine adjustments.
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