V cover art

eMEGO 120 / KTL


  • 1. Phill 1 (12:11)
  • 2. Study A (9:28)
  • 3. Tony (14:00)
  • 4. Phill 2 (15:07)
  • 5. Last Spring: A Prequel (20:51)


Produced by KTL

Phill 2 orchestrated by Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Performed by City of Prague Philharmonic, conducted by Richard Hein

Artwork by Mark Fell
Photo by Estelle Hanania

Stephen O'Malley: Guitar, Bass, Modular Synthesiser, Computer, Contact Mics
Peter Rehberg: Modular Synthesiser, Computer

Recorded September 2010-October 2011 at
EMS, Stockholm
Tinitus, Bergen
Ina GRM, Studio 116, Paris
Smecky, Prague
Centre d’art passerelle, Brest
Twisted, Wien

Mixed at Twisted, Wien, May 2011 - January 2012

Well, that took longer than expected. Finally the 5th KTL studio album is ready for release.
Whereas their previous album IV was recorded and made in a relative short period in a more traditional rock environment, V turns full circle, takes its time and tackles the complex working processes of the european avant garde.
Rooting themselves in such legendary electronic music studios such as EMS in Stockholm and GRM in Paris, O’Malley and Rehberg have delivered a rich set of sound experiments far removed from harsh metal/noise blizzards of their early albums.
They took a step further by inviting icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson to orchestrate Phill 2, resulting in a towering storm monumental classicism. Finally, ‘Last Spring: A Prequel’ turns the whole album on its head with abstract alien textures of the Gisèle Vienne installation of the same name., with text by Dennis Cooper spoken with devout intensity by long term Vienne collaborator Jonathan Capdevielle.
With full colour artwork by Mark Fell, V is KTL’s most sophisticated work to date.