This Friday will see the release of PVT‘s fifth album New Spirit. The trio had already offered two singles from the album, ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ and ‘Another Life’. To get us even more excited ahead of the album’s release, PVT have shared the title track, ‘New Spirit’. “Lyrically, it references all the regressive politicking over the past 5 years”, said the band’s Dave Miller. “The Spirit of Australia. We need to work on a better one”. Take a listen below.
New Spirit is out on February 17th via their own Felte.
Last weekPVT shared ‘Another Life’, the second single off their eagerly awaited fifth album, New Spirit, set for release on February 17th via Felte. Now the track has been paired with a stunning video, directed by Jim Pallon, who had this to say about it:
“‘Another Life’ hit me square in the chest. This song communicated truths to me in a most visceral way. Visions of a remote community came to mind, a place where true grit and character are defined.
I recalled a location scout in the mountains of central Romania. I had come upon a farming community located at the highest peak. I knew that this was the place.
The shoot was unlike anything else. The community radiated a cinematic glow. Capturing the final moments of the video were particularly memorable. There was an unfamiliar energy in the air, something altogether unreal. It humbled us to appreciate the moment for what it was.”
Watch the video below.
PVT have also announced a European tour in support of New Spirit, including a London show on April 14th at Kamio. Check all their live dates below.
April 19th – Kamio, London UK
April 21st – Charlatan, Gent BE
April 22nd – Kulturfabrik (Out of The Crowd Festival), Esch-sur-Alzette LU
April 25th – Metronum, Toulouse FR
April 26th – Iboat, Bordeaux FR
April 27th – La Fourmi, Limoges FR
April 28th – Le Point Ephemere (PZZLE Festival), Paris FR
PVT‘s much anticipated fifth album, New Spirit, is only a month away from dropping. They had already enticed us with the mighty first single ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’, and now they have unveiled another tremendous new single, ‘Another Life’. The track explores the same themes behind the album, including the growth of political and cultural intolerance in Australia. The trio’s frontman Richard Pike explains:
“To me, Another Life is about expectation and things falling short of that expectation. It’s about middle class ‘aspirational’ desire and their ultimate dissatisfaction. And it’s about my own dissatisfaction with political leaders’ short-sighted and archaic regression of ideas, eating up a country’s own future. Aside from the political rant against new conservatism – which it is – it’s also a personal look at human nature and a hopeful pining for another life. It’s also got a great beat.”
Now listen to ‘Another Life and watch out for the release of New Spirit on February 17th via Felte.
PVT put together the latest instalment of our monthly mixtape. Be sure to check it out.
Australian trio PVT, formerly known as Pivot, had us right from the release of their debut album nearly a decade ago. Going even stronger today, brothers Richard and Laurence Pike and Dave Miller have a much anticipated fifth album, New Spirit, out next month. So we're ecstatic to start off 2017 with a mixtape put together by Richard Pike:
"I'm not sure how these have directly influenced New Spirit, but it's a selection of tracks that I found myself coming back to during songwriting. So I guess that means something. I avoided vocals in this mix because at the time I was only focused on finding the right sound palette, and letting my own lyrical ideas evolve over that palette. I otherwise have nothing against vocalists. This mix is very electronic. With a focus on futurism."
Roedelius – Signal [Sky Records]
Vangelis Katsoulis – The Slipping Beauty [Into The Light Records]
The Knife – Silent Shout [Rabid Records / Mute]
Nathan Fake – Basic Mountain [Border Community]
Oneohtrix Point Never – Problem Areas [Warp]
Alex Cameron – Mongrel [Crawfish Records / Secretly Canadian]
Giant Claw – Deep Thoughts 004 [Orange Milk Records]
FKA Twigs – Two Weeks [Young Turks]
Luke Abbott – Soft Attacks [Border Community]
Napolian – Ascension [Software (2)]
Anna Meredith – Nautilus [Moshi Moshi]
Music For Your Plants – First Contact [Zoology Records]
Art Of Noise – Moments In Love [Island Records / ZTT]
Three years on from the release of Homosapien, Sydney based trio PVT have just announced the release of their fifth album New Spirit. Arriving on February 17th via their own Felte, New Spirit marks a sonic shift, with the electronic rockers “combining ambient electronica, warped vocals and an industrial charge that runs throughout”, as the press release explains.
PVT have let loose the first single off New Spirit, the mighty ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’, clocking in at 9 minutes. Here’s what PVT had to say about the track:
“The title ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ comes from the name of a landscape photo by the Australian photographer Peter Dombrovskis depicting a bend in the Franklin River in Tasmania. The photo was successfully used in a 1983 campaign against the intended destruction of large areas of national forest by the government of the day.
Our hope was to examine one of the large elephants that appears to be in Australia’s living room at the moment.”
The track comes with a stunning and powerful video portraying the political themes behind the album. Director Mclean Stephenson explained his vision:
“This video is about the spiritual ruination of a nobody. A beaten person. A man who couldn’t even get a seat at a support group meeting. So he moves to the bush. And he decides to dress like a bush. And eat animal food. And erase himself. And in the depths of his erasure he encounters a new hope. He soon becomes a spirit of the bush. A spirit of the bushland night sky. And he soars through the trees and over the trees. And he is a Phoenix and a guardian of places without postcodes. A new spirit.”
If ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ is anything to go by, we can’t wait for 2017 to arrive. Check it out below.