Kate NV: WOW Assessment – glowing and joyful return | Digital

Be it in thrall to ’80s D.I.Y. synth-pop as on Binasu, clipped, summary precision of для FOR, or the transformative thrill of getting every thing you want as on Room for the Moon. Her new album isn’t any completely different. She dispenses with the standard tune constructions of her final report and as an alternative dives into wonkier rhythms and technicolour sonics. This fixed re-invention may result in a way of over-extension however on wow she about turns once more while maintaining maintain of the important thing strand of playfulness that runs by all her work.

The sonics of the D.I.Y. synth-pop of the ’80s that has been current at factors in her profession stands out right here however in a reworked manner. The place up to now, significantly on her debut, she would ape the constructions of this music, right here it’s only a sonic playpen, a case of sounds to be twisted, mangled and tied into new ballon-animal-like shapes. Take opener “Oni (they)” or ‘”early chicken”, each constructed round recognisable synth tones of this period, however Kate NV’s structuring and fragmenting of them makes the broader tune completely unrecognisable, extra akin to Foodman than any extra simple pop.

However for all of the speak of affect, what feels extra crucial to say is simply fairly how a lot enjoyable the report is. “Confessions on the dinner desk” is a gently ludicrous tune. It’s continually shape-shifting, beginning off as if it’s being vamped by the home band at a faux-Hawaiian restaurant earlier than morphing by atonal saxophones and swoops of MIDI violin, all of the whereas with good melodies simply falling out of its ears. Equally, “d d don’t” sparkles with a spirit of sheer, infectious pleasure. It has a very pleasing rhythmic wonkiness that offsets this although, ending up sounding like a Ruff Sqwad beat constituted of the contents of a clown’s automotive boot.

It’s a glowing return from Kate NV, a cavalcade of vivid sounds organized into gems of pure, typically brilliantly foolish enjoyable. Her most interesting work but.