Nicholas Wood and Kat Day are the creative masterminds behind the London, UK-based audio/visual project the KVB. And as the KVB, the duo of Wood and Day have quickly developed a reputation for a sound that comprised of a wall of reverb heavy guitars, minimal, haunting strings, grinding bass synths, motorik drum beats, along with vocals fed through delay pedals and other effects. Their live shows often include projections of imagery that set a particular mood along with the music. Interestingly, their sound manages to sound familiar as it bears a resemblance to several bands including A Place to Bury Strangers, the Jesus and Mary Chain and a few others will immediately come to mind. (That’s not a bad thing as those bands are beloved.)
The band’s profile has grown since the release of their debut effort, Always Then as they’ve toured with the Brian Jonestown Massacre and then headlined several European tours, toured the Western US in 2012. At the end of last year, they released the critically praised sophomore effort, Minus One.
A Recordings, the label founded by Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, will be releasing the followup to Minus One, the six song EP, Out of Body on June 3. And the EP actually marks two important milestones for the band – recorded in Anton Newcombe’s Berlin studio, it’s the first effort recorded outside the band’s native UK and they recruited the assistance of Stereolab’s Joe Dilworth to contribute live drumming to the album.
“Across the Sea,” the first single from Out of Body continues the band’s obsessions with consciousness, bodily immersion and other phenomenon, as it describes with an uncanny accuracy how it would feel to be on a boat drifting across the sea, and looking out at the shore. It evokes the hypnotic feel of the water lapping against the boat’s hull and how easy it is to fall into a trance-like reverie of sorts. Of course, the song is trippy as hell but it manages to also be danceable in a similar fashion to early Joy Division.