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Yesterday I heard Kate NV's "Plans" and was suitably impressed:


Today I'm listening to the new album, "Room For The Moon" and I'm stunned. So many interesting sounds, all colliding over her multi-lingual vocals! Brings to minds bits of YMO, Laurie Anderson, Jane Siberry, and more recently Glasser - but beyond those, a real feast for the ears.

I know nothing of her earlier work, how does it compare?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 4 June 2020 18:25 (one year ago) link

Binasu is really great, I think there are a few fans here!

brimstead, Thursday, 4 June 2020 19:02 (one year ago) link

I haven’t heard the new one yet but Binasu and для FOR are both very good, as is her work as гш/ Glintshake.

ShariVari, Thursday, 4 June 2020 19:06 (one year ago) link

Love Kate Nv! Excited to hear the new one - last one was lovely but quite low key and not as overtly pop as some of her previous stuff (check out the song 'Kata' for her in full pop mode). Do you know her previous band Glintshake? Fun post-punk that got a bit of exposure in western media a few years back


Boris the Spreader (NickB), Thursday, 4 June 2020 19:09 (one year ago) link

I've probably said it before but Binasu is the one album I've heard that captures Haruomi Hosono's aesthetic without actually having him on it. It's frontloaded but a pretty good album.

для FOR on the other hand I wasn't so hot about, just too minimal for my tastes. like those Mark Mothersbaugh Music for Insomniacs albums.

this one sounds exciting though

frogbs, Thursday, 4 June 2020 19:33 (one year ago) link

yeah this is great. as much as I like Binasu this one is way more consistent. as you mention it's full of interesting sounds. and yeah rotating between Russian, English, and Japanese is pretty cool

whats neat to me about this is that it could fit into a bunch of different scenes from the last five decades. like I feel everyone on this board would dig this album in some way

frogbs, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 21:27 (one year ago) link

didn't realise it was out already!

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 21:52 (one year ago) link

loved Binasu, so i'm stoked for this one! for some reason для FOR did nothing for me

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 22:07 (one year ago) link

the second track (Du Na) has a strong jon hassell thing going, beyond the sound of the treated trumpet

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 22:16 (one year ago) link

Holy crap it’s out?? I forgot completely

Evan, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 22:31 (one year ago) link

"Sayonara - Full Moon Version", now that's a jam. especially the back half

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 23:39 (one year ago) link

New album is monumental

Brings to minds bits of YMO, Laurie Anderson, Jane Siberry, and more recently Glasser

Yep, I'm also reminded of Nona Hendryx's Skindiver and Letta Mbulu's In The Music The Village Never Ends.

Tim F, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 06:47 (one year ago) link

The new album is fantastic.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:16 (one year ago) link

Everyone otm here--album is hitting all my pleasure centers. Picking up very strong Mariah - Utakata No Hibi vibes.

J. Sam, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 16:56 (one year ago) link

This is officially my album of the summer. It gets more interesting with each listen, I love getting bowled over out of the blue by new music!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 19:29 (one year ago) link

Be sure to check out Binasu too! The new one is better (more consistent) I think, but Binasu has some great moments as well

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 20:02 (one year ago) link

whoa! so a couple things. first of all, i just learned there's a nicolas godin (air guy) that came out recently. some of it is really good! and some of it i don't like so much - a lot of depends on the guest singers all over the album.

but whoa, kate nv guests on one of the best tracks! i didn't realize she was on it, and when the song started i assumed my spotify had somehow jumped over to the kate nv album (which i really like but am still getting to know). it's really good imo


time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Saturday, 27 June 2020 01:19 (one year ago) link

I was getting Linda Di Franco vibes from this, really enjoyed it and a lot more than any of her previous music

boxedjoy, Saturday, 27 June 2020 07:56 (one year ago) link

i'm not sure any description i read of this record actually prepared me for it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 28 June 2020 15:53 (one year ago) link

yeah, i think it's a good argument against genre

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Sunday, 28 June 2020 16:15 (one year ago) link

i would describe this album as very cool. it sounds so cool to me

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 29 June 2020 00:52 (one year ago) link

see, if "cool" was a genre then genres would be fine

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Monday, 29 June 2020 01:49 (one year ago) link


Interview in Russian highlighting some of her influences. Reads fine through Google Translate.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 12:25 (one year ago) link

this album is soooo gooood. "Ça Commence Par" and "Telefon" <3

Roz, Friday, 3 July 2020 11:31 (one year ago) link

It is! The influences are glaringly obvious (though i've not translated that Russian article so can only assume) but she manages to transcend them.

stirmonster, Friday, 3 July 2020 16:29 (one year ago) link

Just got the CD, which has a couple of bonus tracks. Like the old days!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 4 July 2020 03:30 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Hour long podcast with her on Resident Advisor:


this is my clean tone (NickB), Friday, 4 September 2020 16:18 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...


I assume this is what the Cats movie was like?

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 15:30 (nine months ago) link

whatever that is, it won't play for me :(

kites aren't fun (NickB), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 16:23 (nine months ago) link

It's not playing for me either, but I assume it's the video for Lu Na. Very cute "80s art-pop" vibes. Album is on track to be my AOTY. So much fun!

J. Sam, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 16:28 (nine months ago) link

is there a term for when you only know one musician from a certain country and they happen to be super eccentric so you subconsciously assume everything that comes out of that country is like that. maybe "Bjork syndrome" or something

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 21:14 (nine months ago) link

ok I'll tell you what I dig about this: I used to go to this club that would always be projecting weird performance art videos against one of the walls while the music played. it was exactly shit like this and I loved it

frogbs, Thursday, 8 October 2020 04:40 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

been listening to Hosono's Philharmony a lot lately and I'm starting to think she's gotten a few ideas from this record

frogbs, Thursday, 3 December 2020 05:16 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

okay - this tune in particular


could have been translated pretty much wholesale onto any of her albums

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 03:28 (six months ago) link

what’s so lovely about this album is how relentlessly 20th century it seems without just being retro. It’s like some synthesis of so much that was good before digital ... or something. it seems personal but also outward looking, none of the hedonic depression synth-weed haze clogging up the proceedings

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:15 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Hadn't noticed this thread but dig Room for the Moon. These observations during the 2020 poll rollout (“Telefon” at #24, w00t!) were intriguing:

Kate NV just sounds like pretty accurate soviet bloc 80s pop to me, all the way through to the kind of thin production.
― emil.y, Friday, January 29, 2021

Agreed, this sounds like very obvious pastiche of Russian schlager of bygone era. Never liked that sound too much in the original form, so this isn't impressing me either, but I guess it's nice to have pastiches of other than American genres on the list for change. :)
― Tuomas, Friday, January 29, 2021

Any soviet era pop recommendations? :)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 29 January 2021 14:44 (six months ago) link

this probably wasn't what emil.y or tuomas were referencing at all but zvuki mu ftw:


mage uluk (NickB), Friday, 29 January 2021 14:52 (six months ago) link

(i definitely think kate nv shares some of their absurdist tendencies btw)

mage uluk (NickB), Friday, 29 January 2021 14:54 (six months ago) link

lmao really love all the shots of the audience bored out of their minds

frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 15:14 (six months ago) link

Haha I know! amazing scenes

mage uluk (NickB), Friday, 29 January 2021 15:15 (six months ago) link

if you didn't see the "Telefon" video posted on the countdown, I encourage you to give it a watch


not sure what's going on with the wardrobe here, it looks like they all just put on random stuff from old comedy sketches. I can't take my eyes off the bald clarinet wizard robe dude

frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 15:38 (six months ago) link

Any soviet era pop recommendations? :)

― Nag! Nag! Nag!

My brain is absolutely dead right now but remind me to come back to this sometime and I will give you some.

emil.y, Friday, 29 January 2021 16:13 (six months ago) link

Not Soviet pop, but Ann Steel is clearly an aesthetic touchstone here


J. Sam, Friday, 29 January 2021 16:23 (six months ago) link

wow Telex covered this song! I had no idea

frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 16:27 (six months ago) link

Love KATE NV, highlights like "Kata" from her first album sound a lot like 80's Japanese pop to me (can't quite put my finger on who she reminds me of... maybe Haruomi Hosono?), more than Russian pop but they're both obvious references on her music and they mix pretty well aesthetically tbh.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 29 January 2021 16:32 (six months ago) link

I definitely see Ann Steel in it, yes! I really don't know why I slept on Kate NV, not sure if there was some completely arbitrary thing that put me off at some point, because right now I'm totally getting into it.

emil.y, Friday, 29 January 2021 16:33 (six months ago) link


Роза Рымбаева гр. Арай

saer, Friday, 29 January 2021 16:39 (six months ago) link

Love KATE NV, highlights like "Kata" from her first album sound a lot like 80's Japanese pop to me (can't quite put my finger on who she reminds me of... maybe Haruomi Hosono?)

Miharu Koshi. whose three best albums were produced/co-written by Hosono.

I posted this tune upthread, it's Hosono ft. Koshi on vocals, definitely feels like something she was very influenced by


frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 16:44 (six months ago) link

yeah she's clearly drawing on hosono a lot

ufo, Friday, 29 January 2021 16:45 (six months ago) link

She did some red bull academy study placement thing in tokyo iirc, so I wouldn't be surprised if she's got a pretty good knowledge of Japanese stuff. Someone upthread mentioned mariah, I think that's a really apt comparison. Definitely hear some yasuaki shimizu in there

mage uluk (NickB), Friday, 29 January 2021 17:08 (six months ago) link

ok maybe I'm getting off base but she also reminds me a lot of Mecano


perhaps because they have the same haircuts. but its more than that

frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 17:18 (six months ago) link

Man, that bass player has no concept of personal space. Step back, floofy boots!

mage uluk (NickB), Friday, 29 January 2021 17:25 (six months ago) link

he does, however, also have the same barber

frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 17:28 (six months ago) link

lol that's Nacho Cano he's the main composer of all Mecano songs.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 29 January 2021 17:44 (six months ago) link

yeah he just wanted to make sure she was singing it right

frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 17:47 (six months ago) link

Okay, my brain is still dead but I figured I would go for some super-obvious Ex-Yu/Soviet pop for you. None of this sounds exactly like Kate NV, but it's among the stuff that 'Telefon' reminded me of, like, a sort of 'in the blood' thing.

Denis x2!

There were a couple of other things that I can't remember the name of and have disappeared from my youtube lists, blargh.

emil.y, Friday, 29 January 2021 18:00 (six months ago) link

Eeep, that sizike song is amazing! Thank you!

mage uluk (NickB), Friday, 29 January 2021 18:08 (six months ago) link

Yeah, it kills. The other songs are good too, but I think that's the best of that little list.

emil.y, Friday, 29 January 2021 18:14 (six months ago) link

Among other things, I like how embarrassed the guy doing the rap looks

mage uluk (NickB), Friday, 29 January 2021 18:22 (six months ago) link

lol "please get the camera off me" all over his face

frogbs, Saturday, 30 January 2021 01:54 (six months ago) link

The “Sizike” song is so cool! Only 12,000 listens on spotify!? How!? This sounds like a classic.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 30 January 2021 06:51 (six months ago) link

Actually emily,all songs sound great

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 30 January 2021 06:52 (six months ago) link

I passed the Alliance one onto someone off-thread I thought might be appreciative. They were. :)

The one saer posted may as well BE recent Kate NV, for multiple bars at a time. Thanks everyone!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 30 January 2021 07:07 (six months ago) link


More Арай here, albeit without Роза Рымбаева. Vibes

saer, Saturday, 30 January 2021 14:26 (six months ago) link

Ah! this is the third time I listen to the Sizike song. At this rate it will soon become one of my favorite songs of the 80’s, where has this been all my life?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 30 January 2021 15:20 (six months ago) link

Love how this thread has basically turned into "post all the coolest music". I do miss Роза Рымбаева from that second one, though. (I'm guessing it's Rosa something?)

emil.y, Saturday, 30 January 2021 15:28 (six months ago) link

Thank you for all this!

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 30 January 2021 16:04 (six months ago) link

Well if this is the unofficial thread for cool 80’s music that is not similar to KATE NV but you think KATE NV fans might also like:

Mecano - hawaii bombay

Pete Brand’s Method - what you are

Rare Silk - storm

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 30 January 2021 16:08 (six months ago) link

These might be closer to balearic but I think the genre is also referenced in some of her songs.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 30 January 2021 16:17 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

nicely shot live video in a guitar shop/balloon store. only four songs and the clarinet dude is **not** wearing his wizard robe but still, worth a watch


frogbs, Sunday, 14 February 2021 19:44 (five months ago) link

Excellent - thanks frogs! :)

anyone know what the official name of that boingy instrument she plays at the start of the second song - and also at the end of 'telefon' - is?

would a nit be nice? (NickB), Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:33 (five months ago) link

i believe that's a form of Flexatone


Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 14 February 2021 21:12 (five months ago) link

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic used the flexatone during his performance of "Another One Rides the Bus" live on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder (1982).
  • "The Simpsons Theme" by Danny Elfman (1990).

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 14 February 2021 21:15 (five months ago) link

Aha - thanks Mr malone! Will always associate that sound with maggot brain. Bah-doinggg!

would a nit be nice? (NickB), Sunday, 14 February 2021 21:34 (five months ago) link

Man, Room for the Moon is amazing. Way outside my usual wheelhouse but I put it on for a stoned, snowy dog walk a few nights ago based on the EOY rollout, and have been all Kate NV, all the time, ever since (interspersed with the Chick Corea fest going on in my house).

She does not fuck around filling every little space in the music with creative and unexpected sounds. Having dug back into this thread and schooled myself a little in Russian synth pop and her other influences, I now see that her mix of electronic and synthy stuff with flutes and clarinets and saxes and such is not quite as idiosyncratic as I initially heard it, but so what. Love how quickly and aggressively she builds her soundscapes while still keeping them warm and engaging. Love those thick, meaty bass lines that propel the music forward magnificently but are just unusual and complex enough to keep me alert to their role in the mix. And love the sequencing on the album, drifting farther out into experimentation than most pop albums I'm familiar with and then pulling back to dance/pop at just the right times. I think my fav tracks are Ça Commence Par and Plans, and I have a special affection for Du Na, which is seriously evocative of mid-90s Tortoise to me, one of my all-time favorite sounds (there are moments where it really sounds like it could be lifted right from Djed).

What a gem. Thanks ilm for putting it on my radar!

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 17:22 (five months ago) link


would a nit be nice? (NickB), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 17:50 (five months ago) link


maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 19:05 (five months ago) link

Are there any good compilations that cover the Russian scenes that influenced her?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 23:23 (five months ago) link

finally got around to watching some Glintshake on YouTube and wow, hard to believe it's the same person. almost like a Jun Togawa thing going on there.

frogbs, Sunday, 21 February 2021 02:35 (five months ago) link

whoa -- this live video is excellent + a good reminder to revisit this record that hit me at a weird time last year.

would be rad to see this lineup the US when that is a thing again. thanks for sharing!

dronestreet, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 21:06 (five months ago) link

Damn that video is indeed excellent, wish I spoke Russian.

The bass playing is the closest thing I've heard to Mick Karn in a very long time.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:00 (five months ago) link

is that a metal neck on the bass?

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:20 (five months ago) link

her voice is somehow even better live

frogbs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:21 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

another live show, kind of similar setlist. still she's always a joy to watch so click it


frogbs, Friday, 16 July 2021 14:51 (two weeks ago) link

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