5th February 2018 Artist Profile » ** VLMV GENTLY FLIP THEIR WIGS AT ARCHSPACE **
** POST-AMBIENT DUO LAUNCH SECOND ALBUM ON MARCH 16TH **
Some sweet sonic news, post-rock fans – languid ambience chasers VLMV have announced a headline show at Archspace in Haggerston, East London, on Friday March 16th. This is the London leg of their European tour in thoroughly chilled pursuit of their second album, ‘Stranded, Not Lost’, which is released on February 16th.
Archspace was chosen specifically because VLMV were looking for “interesting spaces for the 'full band' to perform in - including the string quartet.” Archspace apparently also provides an experience that has been carefully crafted for optimum musical bliss, which seems like a pretty darned good fit for VLMV if you ask us.
Club Fandango, Goodsouls & NWfA present
+ LUCY CLAIRE + DREAM LOGIC
FRIDAY MARCH 16TH 2018
LONDON HAGGERSTON ARCHSPACE
(Tripspace, 339-340 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA. Nearest overground: Haggerston Station)
TICKETS £7.00 ADVANCE FROM dice.fm/event/vlmv-16th-mar-archspace-london-tickets">
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/151647775624110/
The Truth: What’s in a name? In the case of VLMV, many oblique things. Ostensibly a self-proclaimed ‘ambient-ish post-something” duo from the southern extremeties of London consisting of Pete Lambrou and Ciaran Morahan, VLMV were recently known as ALMA until several cases of mistaken identity with a green-haired Finnish pop princess necessitated a gentlemanly branding rethink. Now they have – not quite literally – flipped their name upside down and come up with VLMV, which is still pronounced ‘ALMA’.
The rebranded twosome release(d) their sophomore album, ‘Stranded, Not Lost’, on February 16th. Bloody lovely it is, too, a gorgeous and moving journey replete with the kind of brooding, ambient soundscapes, soaring vocals and crashing intensity that have earned the band a small legion of dedicated fans via tours supporting the likes of post-rock luminaries Nordic Giants and by dazzling all and sundry at the likes of the ArcTanGent and Dunk! Festivals. We’re especially taken with the weeping strings of ‘If Only I’, the single released on February 2nd, about which centrifugal force Pete says:
“If Only I was the first track written for ‘Stranded, Not Lost’ and really set the tone for the rest of the album. I was reading a lot of dystopia at the time and I really wanted to get across a regretful nostalgia and the inability to say goodbye. I think that's the underlying fear throughout the album, not of a post-apocalyptic world, but of everything coming undone…”
Happily ‘If Only I’ and indeed the parent ‘Stranded, Not Lost’ opus recaptures the fragile, fragrant essence of their esteemed debut ‘ALMA’ album in 2015 which hoovered up comparisons to fellow sonic explorers Sigur Ros, Patrick Watson and Explosions In The Sky. Spoiler alert: it’s a little bit sad.