It feels like an absolute age since The BV’s debut album, Speaking From A Distance, was released in April 2017. Or at least it would be if every blog and his dog had not been slathering all over the bones of the subsequently superb Interpunktion EP and the Every Story is a Ghost Story / Happy, Alright? single (released via Cloudberry Records) in the interim period.
Now they are back in earnest and if this lead single from their new Cartography album (release date 14 March 2019 out of Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten) is any indication, they are about to give a sly little smile to the ‘difficult sophomore album’ adage and make things look inimitably easy as only The BV’s can.
Still ensuring both feet are firmly planted in the jangle-gaze genre, Charlie, I don’t know who you are! (see video released yesterday, below) manages to imbue all the atmospherics of early 80’s post-punk and early 90’s shoegaze, whilst consistently lounging back on the cloying riffs of jangle-pop bands such as Real Estate and Beach Fossils. It is the sort of seemingly effortless beauty that we have come to expect from the band.
I have been lucky enough to get a pre-release listen of Cartography and can honestly state it is their best yet. Make sure you keep an eye on the label’s Discogs page (link below) around the 14th March 2019 to make sure you get hold of what is most likely to be very sought after vinyl.