Kate NV is the multifaceted solo persona of Moscow-based artist Kate Shilonosova. A changeling that follows afflatus in all its forms, NV is a student of architecture, illustrates curious, colorful characters, and improvises live with bells and water glasses amidst compact synthesizers and cables. NV emerged in 2013 a glittering apparition set apart from her other roles: fronting Glintshake, a post-punk project, and playing a part in the Moscow Scratch Orchestra. Her debut Pink Jungle EP was followed by the frenetic pop-leaning Binasu released by Orange Milk in 2016 and the minimalist exploration of для FOR released by RVNG in 2018.
As her musical pendulum swings back from playful instrumental to surreal song, NV paired with RVNG for the second time on Room for the Moon in 2020. Moon found NV stretching out into polished New Wave pop, flecked with Russian conceptualism, Japanese City Pop, and French surrealism—clever, lyrical, and accompanied by visuals that felt ripped right out of late 80s public access TV.
Turning the contents of Room for the Moon upside down and spilling it across a floor checkered with intrigue and surprise, Kate places sound, object, and ritual under the microscope to magnify the delight hidden in plain sight of everyday life with her fourth album, and third for RVNG Intl, WOW. WOW offers listeners a prismatic shift in perspective and scale, a parallel dimension in which the mundane becomes funny, unfamiliar, and altogether sensational.