KhalilH2OP Is a project thought out by Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild aka NikkiH2OP, best known for his pop endeavors in the synth quartet When Saints Go Machine, as well as his acoustic duo Cancer.
In collaboration with Simon Formann, better known as Yen Towers, who produce Vonsild’s searing angelic/alien vocals along with Villads Klint aka Minais B, Nikolaj Vonsild has created his strongest vision to date. A platform for creating music and hosting mainly musical events.
‘The Water We Drink’ is the debut album from KhalilH2OP, a close confidante of Posh Isolation, and naturally a project close to the heart. With an iridescent shower of auto-tuned vocals and encrypted synthetic forms, Khalil presents a luminous route into a future of cadences pitched to a crushing intensity.
Across the album the impulses of the romantic lyricism are diverted through artificial mechanisms and unnatural vocal terrains. Set against a melodic chorus of fractured pop, there is a certain sense in which the aching wane of Khalil feels like an ensemble of identities grasping for a form as water may grasp for land.
"With water we feel differently. Indifferently of course, it approaches our sense of touch quite unlike any other matter or form. It slips and caresses, appealing to a sensuality so intuitive it barely registers beyond its immediacy. It’s an urgency that always arrives. The ocean tells us so on the shore; a perennial pleasure, a forgivable obsession. That the coast, its container, the edge of where we safely stand and where water waits, is a form just as much as it is a dissolving place, then considering a design such as that of an Evian natural spring water bottle amounts to staring at the stars. Thematically, KhalilH2OP draws constellations and cites emotive signals with this kind of deep union between form and touch. Finding perhaps a place undiscovered.
If there’s reason to feel that bottled water is a portable piece of something greater than ourselves, then KhalilH2OP distributes high definition pop tropes with the same logic. The radio is an ocean, and KhalilH2OP’s longing a hydrating force." - Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild