Former Warp Records artists PVT, aka Pivot, return with another album of electronic songcraft. New Spirit’s songs move like rock / pop songs, but are built from shapeshifting synths, pitch-shifted vocals and stern drum machines. The resulting glossy art-pop then gets on with critiquing the ills of modern Australian society. LP / CD release on Felte.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 February 2017I was listening a tune from this latest missive from ever mutating shapeshifting Australian crew PVT (formerly Pivot) and well…I just didn’t know what to think. But it turns out that listening to it for awhile and getting my head inside what they were doing it all started to make sense. Opener ‘Spirit Of The Plains’ ids a slowly building tour de force of propulsive electronica that sounds not unlike some of the sleek radiant electronica on Bracken’s ‘High Passes’ but as soon as you are settling in to enjoy it the whole thing grinds to a half and veers into some avant funk with whispered vocals which is ‘A Feeling You Can’t Find’ which begins the albums move to a form of disjointed funk-lite which on ‘Salt Lake Heart’ makes me think of what These New Puritans may do if they followed up ‘Field of Reeds’ with something more electronic. It’s a bold and diverse puzzle of a record that both fascinates and frustrates. ‘Another Life’ uses Kate Bush -ish Fairlight synth and pitch shifted vocals to create a form of low slung soul that could be James Blake lost in the outback. Early on tracks like ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ PVT threaten to lose me completely but there is something about it’s strange vocal, fraught atmospheres and pulsing electronics that keeps the listener on the edge. It’s as if you have no idea what is coming next. it’s a fascinating listen. Shades of Scott Walker here with an eeriness of it’s own and what initially confused is now a high water mark of the album. A fearless production and one which rewards the intrepid listener.
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