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. During a break in The KVB’s busy touring schedule, Nick spent the summer of 2016 working on a solo album under the moniker of Saccades.
Having signed to London label Fuzz Club Records, the incredible debut record is due for release this Friday (28/07) and is currently streaming exclusively over at The 405, who had this to say: “Trading the synth-led throb and rhythmic muscle of The KVB’s output for hazy psych-pop, the self-titled release resembles the rarest and most satisfying variety of solo album: one with a Herculean effort to cram addicting melodies in wherever possible whilst retaining an inscrutable ear for texture and reverb-soaked detail.”
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, immersive combination of jangling reverb-drenched guitars, hypnotising basslines, vintage 60s 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 than they already are.
On the new direction, Nick explains: “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”.
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 Saccades is 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.”
PRAISE FOR SACCADES
“The rarest and most satisfying variety of solo album: one with a Herculean effort to cram addicting melodies in wherever possible whilst retaining an inscrutable ear for texture and reverb-soaked detail.” The 405
“This is music that should be performed at the Roadhouse in Twin Peaks… highlighting the influences on this kind of psychedelic pop from daydreaming forebears like Donovan, or Nick Drake“ Post-Punk
“A bright, sun-drenched psych pop reverie that places Saccades leagues above the rafts of diluted Tame Impala rip-off’s that loosely throw around the term” KALTBLUT Magazine
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