“There´s a strong sense of moving forward on this album,” says KVB´s Nicholas Wood. “We wanted it to be expansive – and bolder than anything we´d done before.”
Movement – and lack of movement – is a crucial backdrop to the latest album from the audio-visual duo of Wood and Kat Day. The seeds of the album were sown in demo form in Spain, shortly followed by a move from Berlin back to the UK before enforced restrictions soon stalled their huge touring plans as lockdown kicked in.
“It was written while we were moving countries into a kind of unknown future,” says Wood. “So I was looking at themes like aspiration, modern alienation and utopian and dystopian futures.” Duality and architecture are also key to this record, with the latter giving birth to some central thematic ideas. “A key point of inspiration was in Spain,” says Day. “We were surrounded by all these half built luxury villas, still unfinished from the crash in 2008. There was something eerie and beautiful about the desolate landscapes and concrete in the sunshine – these buildings left as modern relics of the failed capitalists of the era.”