NKOS – BOW (Brave Old World)
BOW (Brave Old World) – Video by Zidrunas Ilgauscas
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“breathtaking… dark, powerful and irresistible” Divine Magazine
An international collective conceived after dark, NKOS were always set to tickle the fancy of the global synth-loving, indie-electronica community and their debut single did just that… ‘Little Miss Numb’ was much shared, streamed and even bought(!), it filled dark dance floors, was loved by reviewers, adored by new fans and blogged about like welcoming an old friend home. Not bad considering they hadn’t even shared a band picture yet and they are spread around Europe with limited studio time together.
“Dark and seductive… spine tingling” postpunk.com
Single number two, released on Beatbuzz Records is the dystopian ‘Bow (Brave Old World)’, a track edging towards the digital launchpad. Despite what you might think from the title and theme of the song, this was not recorded during the lockdown, it was instead made of endless phone calls and links sharing between Flavio and Chris Shape, as well as recording sessions scattered over the years starting from as early as 2014. The intro lays a trail of aural breadcrumbs as to what you can expect from ‘BOW’, a track with a title and a set of lyrics that fits the current climate even if written in ‘better days’.
“a lush synth driven piece with dreamy vocals vying with a somewhat darker musical feel“ beehivecandy.com
NKOS are Flavio Manieri, Chris Shape, Nancy Natali and Marcus Billeri. They blend lush vocals, production savvy, old school musicianship & dj skills into a real live band. Drawn together through a love of all things 4AD and a good night out, they are where trip hop meets the dance floor, and where electronica meets indie. The end results move seamlessly “from light to dark and minimal to maximal” says Flavio. Where ‘Little Miss Numb was dark, ’BOW’ is current, probably making it even darker.
“NKOS induce a sonic seizure” Odd Nugget
NKOS have just finished the final mixing and mastering of their debut album with a release date announced later in the year when they’ll drop a stunning video to introduce the album. Keep your eyes peeled.
Final mixing and mastering done by “Icio” Baggio (The Soft Moon, Boy Harsher) at La Distilleria in Italy.
BOW (Brave Old World)
Brokers agencies rule the globe
welcome to a new Orwell’s “1984”
or if you prefer to Huxley’s “Brave new world”
I feel lost and disoriented
No Press freedom, just lobbies’ death sentences
We cannot decide on our own
the Will of economy is the new and only God
Teach us Chile and Salvador Allende
it wasn’t enough “El pueblo te defiende”
Time has come to decide who to be
my choice is obliged
I just can be Winston Smith
for I hate the Big Brother and his fucking new twins
A different level of awareness
maybe it will lead me to a strange kind of madness
that makes me struggle through pain
it’s something you cannot buy in a mall market chain
Something deep inside of my soul
that could even kill me with this fucking new God
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