PREMIERE: PVT – ‘Evolution’


PVT have spent the last two years working on their new record, Homosapien. Starting today, one track from their new album will be released through 9 different blogs around the world. We’re super excited to be the first blog chosen to premiere the first taste of their new track, ‘Evolution’.

Church With No Magic (2010) was the last we heard from the experimental Sydney/London trio. The first track off the new record begins where the last track of the last album left off. Listening to ‘Only The Wind Can Hear You’, the final track on their last record, it seems that PVT never fully ‘resolved’ the album. Like most PVT tracks, this last track on Church With No Magic ended in one giant comma, a slight refrain and a soaring fleck of noise that strays out into the ether.

PVT seem to front questions rather than solve them. As for new track ‘Evolution’, it’s as the name suggests. While it’s not a radical change that’s happened between albums, there’s been a slight shift in their sound – a kind of spatial awareness if you like. This track was written early on, and encompasses some of the themes Richard Pike was exploring at the time.

He notes:

“I watched a documentary called ‘All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace’ by this guy Adam Curtis. It talks a lot about the development of the internet, Ayn Rand, Silicon Valley, JFK and the cult of celebrity – you name it, it’s all in there. The ebb and flow of influence, cause and effect in society, and what makes us who we are. As individuals and as humanity on the whole. Big ideas.

‘Evolution’ explores all these “big ideas”. From the burgeoning warble of Roland synth in the intro, to Laurence Pike’s steady drum hand feeding the machine, the track is playful galactica one moment, subtle catharsis the next. These elements have always crafted the bulk of PVT’s work, but listening to the new track and comparing it to the band’s older material (2008’s O Soundtrack My Heart), the previous atmospheric tweaks-for-the-hell-of-it have been traded in for a sense of greater clarity.

I’ve always found PVT’s work interesting. But if this track is anything to go by, it seems PVT have again proved that they don’t revel in resolving ideas, but creating them.

Homosapien is out Feb 8th through Create/Control



Listen to the rest of the album over the next 9 days on these blogs:

‘Electric’ premiering on One A Day on Thursday, January 31
‘Cold Romance’ premiering on Pigeons And Planes on Friday, February 1
‘Love & Defeat’ premiering on Your Music Radar on Saturday, February 2
“Homosapien” premiering on The Line Of Best Fit on Sunday, February 3
‘Vertigo’ premiering on Indie Shuffle on Monday, February 4
‘New Morning’ premiering on Music From Go To Woah on Tuesday, February 5
‘Casual Success’ premiering on Circle.Square.Triangle on Wednesday, February 6
‘Ziggurat’ premiering on IS050 on Thursday, February 7

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