After intensely touring their 2016 release ‘Of Desire’, The KVB returned to their home to further immerse themselves in sonic experimentation. The resulting Only Now Forever heralds the next chapter in the adopted-Berliners dark, electronic pop development. “On our new album we wanted to take everything we had learned in the studio recording our last album and apply it to self-producing this album,” explains the band. Recorded entirely in their Berlin apartment throughout 2017 the band decided they wanted to take a freer approach to writing and recording. “In the past, we had always tried to restrict ourselves productions wise, to what was possible to play live as a duo, but this time we wanted to expand our compositions and instrumentation, and let the atmosphere dictate the layers of sound.”
Whilst holding evident inspiration from previous times, the sound this London-founded duo present is progressive and distinctly new in every sense. Idyllic at times; gritty in others, each bar is as enchanting as the last, leaving you in a melancholic trance. “This freedom allowed for exploring and refining new ideas and gave us time to delve into endless experimentations at any time of day or night. We tried to focus on creating melodies and hooks that would stay with the listener long after the album ends.”
Offering poignant lyricism that explores modern anxieties that plague many, the duo manage to imbue feelings of empowerment, fighting such struggles with a deceivingly sanguine sound. This seamless juxtaposition is perhaps their best trait. “For us it is an album of contrasts: light yet dark, uplifting yet melancholic, romantic yet unsettling.”
The ethereal cover – mirrors dreamy songs such as ‘Live In Fiction’, ‘Cerulean’ and ‘Violet Noon’ – the latter a romantic ode to the apocalypse. In reaction to the anxieties of now, there are more aggressive moments on the album, such as the title track ‘Only Now Forever’ and the single ‘Above Us’, a driving defiance against modern life. Dark and seductive tracks like ‘Afterglow’ & ‘Into Life’ show the influence being in Berlin has had on making the album, a place that has been their home for the past four years.
released October 12, 2018
All songs written & recorded by Nicholas Wood & Kat Day (The KVB), in Berlin 2016-2017
Executive mixer Craig Silvey
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10 mixed by Eduardo De La Paz
Tracks 3, 7, 9 mixed by Max Prior
Track 4 mixed by Craig Silvey
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Boy Harsher have created a monster of an album! This will 4ever be spinning on my turntable. The delicieux dark melancholy words grab and the beats& crazy base kick you in the head like never before. Phenomenal! (When you go ,I will be, all alone........