KVL is a Chicago-based collaboration between percussionist Quin Kirchner, keyboardist Daniel Van Duerm, and bassist Matthew Lux. Volume 1 is their brand new project, a 3-track EP that showcases their incredible chemistry and musicianship, with three ambient yet engaging and beautiful jazz tracks.
“North Branch” kicks the project off with subdued and slow-paced drumming, as well as gorgeous synths and basslines that provide a subtle but groovy tone to the record. “Peaceable” has faint drumming, with more focus on emotive horn sections led by Jaimie Branch that elevate the track to this mystical, reflective and spiritual tone. The subtlety and nuance on this track is incredible. The 16 minute stunner “Bladewalker” is full of bass grooves that keep the pulse of the track going, as well as warped keys, really ending the album in a stunningly beautiful and ambitious way. Overall, KVL have come through with a stunning release full of reflective and intricate moments. It’s a beautifully composed record that really brings out the best in every musician, also showcasing their tremendous chemistry together.
Listen to KVL’s new project Volume 1 below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Astral Spirits.