MAISON NVDITÉ / KOBALT MUSIC RECORDINGS
LA NVDITÉ VOL. 1 EP
NOAH BETHKE (Publicist)
RENEE COTSIS (Publicist)
“NVDES is a world I created,” says Josh Ocean of his multi-genre indie collective. As producer and de-facto frontman, Ocean ignites controlled chaos by, he says, “building songs around random moments.” This has yielded La Nvdité, Vol. 1 (out August 18 on Maison Nvdité/Kobalt), an intriguing introduction to the laptop-punk of NVDES that’s levitating, melodic, and wholly original.
“La Nvdité”—the group’s creative process—is akin to the Dadaist cut-up techniques used by avant-gardists such as William Burroughs and David Bowie. It is set into motion when Ocean invites a morphing lineup of musician-friends into his Los Angeles living room (a.k.a. Vibe City, Utah) to jam. They record whatever music or lyrics transpire. He then makes sense of those snippets by producing tracks on his computer.
NVDES’ previous release, Life With Lobsters, was the sound of Ocean exploring his “La Nvdité” process. It features glitchy, grooved-out tracks songs such as “8am” and “I Want to Make Out at the Gay Club,” which are as joyful as they are artful. La Nvdité, Vol. 1, the first of several collections he will release (each increasingly bolder), is a dazzling refinement of that experiment.