Kate NV, the project of Russian vocalist and guitarist Ekaterina Shilonosova,
former frontwoman of Glintshake and a member of the avantgarde
Moscow Scratch Orchestra,
debuted solo with the three-song EP Pink Jungle (2013).
The influence of Boards Of Canada and
other purveyors of electronic post-pop is strong on
Binasu (Orange Milk, 2016). The instrumentals, from the
percussive orgy of Bells Burp to the
surreal sound effects and polyrhythms
of Grass In The Woods
that seem to describe life on another planet,
subscribe to a warm, friendly, humane brand of retro-futurism.
The songs are curiously mediocre and trivial.
Inn pits a Kate Bush-esque melody
against dual keyboards, one repeating a mechanical pattern and the other one
laying down a gentle drone.
Binasu (the Japanese word for "Venus") is an odd tribute to Japanese synth-pop sung in a sensual childish tone against a neurotic industrial backdrop.
Similarly, Kata sounds like a Japanese cover of a
Madonna dance-pop hit.
The robotic Dance seems to pop out from a videogame of the 1990s.
The electronic instrumental vignettes of For (RVNG, 2018)
are mostly graceful and funny minimalist games, such as Two
sometimes with cartoonish effects (Ear and One)
and sometimes with more intellectual ambitions, like the
intricate gamelan-like patterns and jazz clarinet of Oak
and the suspenseful droning and chirping of Who.
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