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Electronic - Released October 12, 2018 | INVADA Records

If the KVB's Nicholas Wood and Kat Day sound more in control of what they're doing on Only Now Forever than they have in some time, there's a reason: after years recording with others -- including the Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe -- Day and Wood returned to working on their own to make their fourth album, spending the better part of 2017 recording in their Berlin apartment. Instead of going further with the synth experiments that informed Mirror Being and Of Desire, on Only Now Forever the KVB incorporate a little bit of everything they've learned after almost a decade of making music. Wood and Day sound revitalized on the album's rockers, particularly the insistent opener "Above Us" and "Cerulean," a brisk motorik track that propels the album to its end. The title track is a perfect example of the album's mix of tightly plotted synth rock and shoegaze atmosphere, with looping guitars and beats that distill Only Now Forever's feeling of balancing a moment with the eternal. Wood and Day expand on that concept with the album's softer songs, which are some of their most evocative: the darkly romantic "Violet Noon" is a slow dance in falling ash, while "On My Skin" is as kinetic as it is sensual. Even if Only Now Forever isn't as obviously experimental as some of their previous albums, the KVB still push themselves on "Afterglow"'s aloof synth-glam stomp and the surging, whispery "Into Life," which find Day and Wood edging toward the dancefloor. By consolidating the strengths they've developed over the years on Only Now Forever, the KVB deliver their most diverse album yet, and one of their strongest. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Electronic - Released July 21, 2021 | INVADA Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 11, 2016 | INVADA Records

Upon its release, Mirror Being's experimental synth instrumentals seemed like a fun way for the KVB to indulge their inner Blade Runner before returning to their regularly scheduled blend of darkwave and shoegaze. However, Of Desire makes it clear that the duo wasn't dabbling: recorded with synths from Invada Records head Geoff Barrow's formidable arsenal, these songs find Kat Day and Nicholas Wood cultivating their gloomy mystique in new ways. As on Mirror Being, atmosphere is everything, with somber interludes such as "Primer," "V11393," and, fittingly, "Mirrors" setting the tone. Meanwhile, "Second Encounter" expands on Mirror Being's creative instrumentation, pairing the chunky synth bass last heard on Air's "Sexy Boy" with spidery guitar lines that are decidedly post-punk. Elsewhere, the KVB translate this impressionistic feel into a newfound majesty on the excellent "White Walls," where synth strings and a chugging motorik beat define the Invada sound, and into surprisingly jaunty pop on "Never Enough," where the shuffling glam rock rhythm and lilting melody lighten the mood without sacrificing it completely. Meanwhile, "Silent Wave" and the sweeping "Unknown" sound even darker than Day and Wood's previous work thanks to their starkness. When the KVB nod to Minus One's more overt rock, however, the results are mixed. In keeping with Of Desire's sleekness, they trade buzzsaw guitars for minimalism, with riffs and feedback shooting like flares on "In Deep" and "Night Games," which shows they still have an affinity with swaggering shoegazers like A Place to Bury Strangers. On the other hand, the whispery menace of "Lower Depths" and "Awake" borders on monochromatic. Given that Wood and Day essentially took their sound apart and put it back together on this album, it's not surprising that all of the pieces may not fit like they used to. Ultimately, Of Desire finds the KVB in transition, moving toward a more inventive approach that delivers some of their finest work along the way. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Electronic - Released September 19, 2018 | INVADA Records

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Rock - Released June 2, 2014 | 'a' Records

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Rock - Released November 18, 2013 | 'a' Records

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Electronic - Released June 26, 2020 | INVADA Records

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Electronic - Released October 4, 2019 | INVADA Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 7, 2021 | Unlimited Dream Records

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Electronic - Released April 11, 2013 | Cititrax

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Electronic - Released May 19, 2017 | INVADA Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2015 | Invada

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 21, 2010 | Cititrax

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 21, 2010 | Clan Destine Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 30, 2018 | INVADA Records

Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2018 | INVADA Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 3, 2011 | The KVB

Alternative & Indie - Released June 24, 2011 | Downwards

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Techno - Released July 25, 2013 | Cititrax

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Electronic - Released August 13, 2020 | Cleopatra Records