Kate NV has been having quite the year. In the spring, she spent a month in Cologne recording a new collaborative album with former Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian. From there, she travelled to Japan, where she stayed the duration of Tokyo’s hottest July on record (“Everybody was literally melting”). Later in the year, she will return for the second time to Red Bull Music Academy Berlin, only, this time, she will not be an academy member but will be a studio team member. Most excitingly however, 2018 saw the release the Moscow-based experimental composer’s second LP, ‘для FOR’ on RVNG Intl. On the album, NV – real name Kate Shilonosova – painted a mutlitexured and vivid picture of her home city to captivating, dizzying effect.
A crisp, transportative work of Steve Reich-reminiscent minimalism combed with idiosyncratic motifs and lush melody and percussion, ‘для FOR’ found the artist – who once fronted Russian punk outfit Glintshake – moving away from the vaporwave, pop format of her Orange Milk Records debut ‘Binasu’. However, as we find in our interview, Kate KV is an artist devoted to evolution, change and natural process. Read on to learn Shilonosova’s thoughts on the creative process, ambience, visual collaboration and Santa Clause.
Listen below to her stunning, unique and deep-diving mix of captivating oddities, trippy minimalism and cinematic psychedelics. Tracklist included.