Blending reverb-soaked shoegaze with minimalist electronic production, the KVB’s music reflected Nicholas Wood and Kat Day’s mastery of atmosphere even as their sound evolved over the course of the 2010s. Early releases such as 2012’s debut album, Always Then, dealt in brittle beats and sonic blasts that evoked Cabaret Voltaire and the Jesus and Mary Chain in equal measure, but the duo’s style became more streamlined and sharp-edged on later efforts such as 2018’s Only Now Forever and 2021’s Unity.
Formed in 2010 by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Wood as a solo project, the KVB got started with a number of limited cassette and vinyl releases that included the single “The Black Sun” on FLA Records and the Into the Night EP on Downwards Records. Vocalist/keyboardist/visual artist Kat Day joined Wood in 2011, and the KVB released their debut album, Always Then, in 2012 on Clan Destine Records. The duo kicked off a busy 2013 with the release of their second full-length, Immaterial Visions, for the Minimal Wave imprint Cititrax that February, then followed it with a remix EP featuring contributions by Regis and Silent Servant that May; inNovember, a reissue of 2011’s previously limited-edition cassette release Minus One arrived on Brian Jonestown Massacre mastermind Anton Newcombe’s A Records label.