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Volume 1

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    400 copies on 180 gram BLACK vinyl, pressed at Gold Rush Vinyl in Austin, TX.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Volume 1 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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The debut release from the long-running Chicago based collaboration of Quin Kirchner, Daniel Van Duerm & Matthew Lux aka KVL. Also featuring super special guest Jaimie Branch on "Peaceable."

KVL sits nicely in the same headspace as recent modern improv that eschews a more traditional "jazz" label. Think Matthew Lux's Contra/Fact, Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die, Shabaka Hutching's Sons of Kemet or The Comet Is Coming, Ben Lamar Gaye, Rob Mazurek and others. Of course, many folks will point toward the past Chicago rumblings of a group like Isotope 217 of which Matthew Lux was a member (and deep heads will recognize mastering engineer Casey Rice worked with as well). And yes, there may be some sonic similarities, but as you might expect from the members of KVL, they easily differentiate themselves from their influences and contemporaries.

There is a deep sense of minimalism and groove throughout Volume 1 that is a bit more contemplative and open ala late 60's Miles Davis. Kirchner's playing is beautifully understated throughout, barely even touching the drums on "Peaceable" but still setting a vibe. Van Duerm takes on the most "leader" like role with his (also beautifully understated) various keyboards that modulate and keep things moving forward throughout the album. Lux meanwhile is still the bass player's bass player, his lines more of a sinewy funk than repetitive groove in an absolutely mesmerizing way.

This is the first of multiple "volumes" of material that will be released over the coming years.

Yet another beautiful split release from Astral Spirits & Spacetone Recordings.

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released November 15, 2019

QUIN KIRCHNER - Drums, Percussion, Sampler, Electronics
DANIEL VAN DUERM - Electric Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Electronics
MATTHEW LUX - Bass, Electronics

JAIMIE BRANCH - Trumpet on Peaceable


Recorded at Shirk Studios in Chicago, IL
Engineered by Nick Broste
Mixed by Nick Broste & KVL at Shape Shoppe
Mastered by Casey Rice
Produced by KVL & Nick Broste
Artwork by Damon Locks
Layout by Nick LaRoche

All compositions by KVL (BMI)

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