De in Berlijn verblijvende Nicholas Wood ken je natuurlijk het best als de helft van het pop/post punk duo The KVB. Omdat The KVB een pauze inlast, vond Nicholas het een goed idee om eindelijk aan een soloplaat te werken. Saccades heet die, en die komt officieel uit op 28 juli via Fuzz Club Records.
De eerste video die is geregisseerd door Kat Day kun je nu al bekijken. Bij Distant Sea merk je meteen de interesse die Nicholas heeft voor psychedelische pop.

Nicholas Wood: The solo stuff I was making for the last couple of years had mainly been dark, experimental electronic stuff, but I started to grow tired of making that kind of music and I just had this urge to make something more song-based and ‘classic’ sounding. As well as being quite nostalgic, I would say it’s quite a pastoral album – there are a lot of references to sea and nature. I think that this comes from growing up on the South Coast of England and now living in a city like Berlin, which is pretty far from the sea, with lots of industrial decay.
Het album werd opgenomen en geproducet door hemzelf en met het gebruik van een oude Tascam taperecorder om de muziek de nodige lo-fisfeer te geven.

ENGLISH VERSION

Nicholas Wood is a Berlin-based musician who’s best known for making up one-half of the well-known synth pop/post punk duo The KVB. Following a break in KVB’s busy touring schedule, Nick spent the last summer working on a solo album under the moniker ‘Saccades’ and Fuzz Club Records are delighted to have signed the project for its self-titled debut, officially released July 28th.

Alongside the album announcement, Nick has shared the kaleidoscopic video for the album opener ‘Distant Sea’ (directed by visual artist Kat Day, who also makes up the other half of The KVB).

These new tracks mark a distinct difference from Nick’s other musical endeavours, ditching the dark, post-punk synths for a dive into wholesome and totally immersive psychedelic pop. He explains that “the solo stuff I was making for the last couple of years had mainly been dark, experimental electronic stuff, but I started to grow tired of making that kind of music and I just had this urge to make something more song-based and ‘classic’ sounding”.

Recorded and produced by Nick himself, the twelve tracks on the album see him take a much more melodic, guitar-based approach. Serving up a vivid and immersive dose of hazy psych pop – complete with jangling reverb-drenched guitars, vintage 60s organs and synths, minimalistic percussion and dreamy echoing vocals. Recorded using an old Tascam tape recorder there’s a warm lo-fi feel to the record that manages to make the songs feel even more euphoric and immersive than they already are.

Prior to moving to Berlin, Nick used to reside in Southampton and he explains this move helped to shape the sound of Saccades – “As well as being quite nostalgic, I would say it’s quite a pastoral album – there are a lot of references to sea and nature. I think that this comes from growing up on the South Coast of England and now living in a city like Berlin, which is pretty far from the sea, with lots of industrial decay.”