New Sounds: KVL – Volume 1

Listen to Volume 1 by KVL.

Chicago based trio KVL offers the first in what is set to be an ongoing series of releases. KVL is made up of Quin Kirchner (drums), Daniel Van Duerm (keys) and Matthew Lux (bass). 

The trio’s music draws parallels with the minimal electronica of Tortoise and the avant-garde jazz experiments of Ben Lamar Gay. Now we understand that’s a pretty bold thing to say, but we feel confident you’ll think it’s justified when you listen to Volume 1.

Driven by a subtle beat and delicate keys, the EP opens with the warm percussive sounds of ‘North Branch’ it’s an inviting soundscape of organic and electronic textures, set against hypnotic groovy bassline. This is a record all about space and time with their music slowly unravelling enticing you to listen closely.

‘Peaceable’ showcases this in exquisite style. Stripping back the instrumentation so that it’s barely audible the trio leave the track in the capable hands of Jaimie Branch. Her seductively soft trumpet lines cast a magical spell over the songs near 9-minute existence. The 16-minute closer, ‘Bladewalker’ stretches out the band’s sound, starting off with the subtle sounds of  looping bass, electronic glitches and muted drums. The track gradually intensifies as crashing cymbals, and eerie synths enter the foray. It’s a fitting end to this beautifully arranged and captivating record. 

Volume 1 brilliantly showcases the trio’s knack at creating beautifully sparse and yet very memorable music. 

Volume 1 is out now with Astral Spirits & Spacetone Recordings. Buy from Bandcamp.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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