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Artist: The KVB
Label: Invada Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 26 November 2021

Underground cold wave duo The KVB return with their latest album, Unity, released via Invada Records. Formed in 2010 by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Wood as a solo project, The KVB got started with limited cassette and vinyl releases before vocalist/keyboardist/visual artist Kat Day joined Wood in 2011. The band have released several critically acclaimed albums and EPs over the last decade before signing to Invada Records for their last album Only Now Forever...

Across this album's ten songs (38 min, 49 sec) The KVB pull together all their trademark components; radiant guitars, textural synths and an ear for a moody, brooding melody. It's a wonderfully crafted love letter to the '80s which its electronic pop sensibilities.

The album opens with 'Sunrise Over Concrete', an instrumental track that reminded me of Klaus Doldinger's score for The Neverending Story. In fact, quite a few tracks have openings in a Doldinger-esque style, including 'Unbound' and 'Omni'.

Electronic Pop is either something you love or hate, but even if you're not usually a huge fan Unity might just make you change your mind. For some of us it's a nostalgic trip down memory lane.


Nick Smithson

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