Whereas their previous album IV was recorded and made in a relative short period in a more traditional rock environment, V turns full circle, takes its time and tackles the complex working processes of the european avant garde.
Rooting themselves in such legendary electronic music studios such as EMS in Stockholm and GRM in Paris, O’Malley and Rehberg have delivered a rich set of sound experiments far removed from harsh metal/noise blizzards of their early albums.
They took a step further by inviting icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson to orchestrate Phill 2, resulting in a towering storm monumental classicism.
Finally, ‘Last Spring: A Prequel’ turns the whole album on its head with abstract alien textures of the Gisèle Vienne installation of the same name., with text by Dennis Cooper spoken with devout intensity by long term Vienne collaborator Jonathan Capdevielle.
With full colour artwork by Mark Fell, V is KTL’s most sophisticated work to date.
PHYISCAL RELEASE HISTORY:
CD, Editions Mego, Austria (EMEGO 120CD)
2LP, Editions Mego, Austria (EMEGO 120)
CD, Daymare Recordings, Japan (DYMC-164)
released May 8, 2012
Produced by KTL
Phill 2 orchestrated by Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Performed by City of Prague Philharmonic, conducted by Richard Hein
Artwork by Mark Fell
Photo by Estelle Hanania
Stephen O'Malley: Guitar, Bass, Modular Synthesiser, Computer, Contact Mics
Peter Rehberg: Modular Synthesiser, Computer
Recorded September 2010-October 2011 at
Ina GRM, Studio 116, Paris
Centre d’art passerelle, Brest
Mixed at Twisted, Wien, May 2011 - January 2012
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