Three years ago we discovered the wonderful sounds of HVOB (Her Voice Over Boys) and we’ve been in love ever since. The electronic double act consists of Anna Müller and Paul Wallner who both hail from Vienna, Austria. They leapt into the underground scene with their debut EP ‘Dogs’ and have since grown exponentially, receiving critical acclaim from the release of a multitude of EP’s and two albums (2012 self-titled ‘HVOB’ and 2015 ‘Trialogue’).
HVOB have a very distinct sound which bridges the gap between techno and ambient electronica nicely. The combination of Anna’s dreamy vocals over minimalistic beats and melodies creates a really unique sound that has set them apart and caught the attention of the world. Their success has generated interest from a multitude of notable producers including Stimming, andhim, Scuba, DJ Tennis, Gui Boratto and Oliver Koletzki (the head honcho of their label, Stil Vor Talent), who have each twisted the HVOB sound resulting in a series of fantastic remixes.
We’ve been dying to catch the duo play live; with a European tour under their belt, HVOB are currently on a world tour. We’ve been watching eagerly for a London date and (after three years of anticipation) we were beyond excited when we saw a London date on their schedule – Oval Space, playing alongside techno pioneer Nathan Fake and Sepalcure.
Anna and Paul were joined on stage with a drummer which added an extra dynamic to their live performance, providing additional stimulus for the crowd. The energy Paul demonstrated was infectious; punching his fists in the air and dancing around the stage, it really got the crowd going. Anna’s voice was a dream, sounding as ethereal as it does in the studio on a live PA. The duo played tracks from both albums and adapted their performance with a heftier, techno edge, improvising with beats and melodies to create powerful rhythms and drops. I have to admit I did not expect such an energised performance, particularly given the relatively mellow and minimalistic sound of their releases. I was blown away and left in awe once their set concluded, closing off with my favourite HVOB track ‘Dogs’.
We blogged about ‘Dogs’ (in 2012) and have stayed in touch with Anna ever since, so it was great to finally meet her after the show. She told us about their whirlwind of success; they had just touched down from the States and were heading to Moscow the next day at 7am! It was a really special night and reinforced the reason why we love supporting up-and-coming artists. It’s so exciting to see HVOB now touring the world with two albums under their belt and a dedicated following of fans. We’ve been there from the beginning and it’s been bloody brilliant to follow their success. We <3 HVOB!