Album Review: PVT – ‘New Spirit’

PVT, known as Pivot to those in the know have successfully released four previous albums, all of which reached global acclaim. They have toured all over, both as the headliners […]

PVT, known as Pivot to those in the know have successfully released four previous albums, all of which reached global acclaim. They have toured all over, both as the headliners and as support for huge bands like The Artic Monkeys and Bloc Party and with the release of their fifth album New Spirit it looks to be another exciting and successful year for the Australian trio.

 

The Album hits a lot of political and cultural themes concerning Australia. The first single to be released, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend combines ambient electronically warped vocals against an industrially charged background that runs throughout the track. The single, as well as the album’s theme is meant as a statement and is the band’s embodiment of the Australian ‘spirit’ and identity.

According to the band the title Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend comes from the name of a Landscape, photographed by Peter Dombrovskis, an Australian photographer. The image is of one bend in the Franklin River in Tasmania and was used to campaign against the destruction of the National Forest by the Governmenting body of the time.

This image displays the sound of the album; it is very futuristic in a dark, but very optimistic way and the image of this river bend and what it helped to preserve is a great example of the message this band wants to portray with this new album.

After three years since their last studio album, the trio, including, Richard Pike (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard and production), Laurence Pike (drums, keyboard and percussion) and Dave Miller (laptop and production) has returned with a masterpiece that continues to push the boundaries of what music can and should be. The album will be released on February 17th via Felte and afterwards the band will be performing a album showing at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria, followed by shows at The Foundry in Brisbane and at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney.

 

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