The trio of Richard Pike, Laurence Pike and Dave Miller have forged a career on constantly breaking the boundaries of expectation and conformity with every new album release, and now with their fifth LP New Spirit set to be released on February 17, they are looking to stretch further into the realms of experimentation and surrealism with a myriad of soundscapes and musical structures inspired by both the Australian environmental and political landscape.
The official video premiered via The Line Of Best Fit who declared ”Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend is a vast exploration into activist electronica and ambient textures. It ebbs and flows, cyclic synths whirring into earshot and then fading out of existence - there are classically minimalist ideas at play, with elements and rhythms dropping in and out. It's hypnotic.”
The choice of the epic ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ as the first release from the album was also intended to be a provocative one.
“We thought releasing a nine-minute song would be kind of confrontational in some ways. I think this track is the spiritual centre-piece of the record and it’s a song that’s kind of directly about the environment but touches on this idea of identity. We’ve always felt like as Australians the environment has a really strong connection to the Australian spirit, the Australian psyche, the Australian identity – whatever you want to call it.”
The video for ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ is an extension of this theme of the underlying idea of loss of identity, as its story follows a person that’s lost their identity to the extent that they’ve gone to live in the wild and try and disappear into the environment.
“They’re invisible,” says Pike, “and the video is about reclaiming identity and reclaiming a sense of spirit. It’s quite a surreal video in a lot of ways, but it’s transcending that and reclaiming that sense of spirit to become something far greater.
“It plays on something being in front of you in plain sight without realising and there’s this elephant in the room of a metaphor. Many of the things that are going on this country are kind of elephants in the room – whether that be climate change or whether it be the fact that we’ve got off shore prison camps with women and children in them that are being run by our government. Big things that are being used as political pawns that are basic human issues that should be discussed more openly.”
New Spirit will be PVT’s first album since the acclaimed 2013 record Homosapien, which claimed the coveted title of triple j Feature Album, and praise from the likes of NME and Pitchfork internationally, as well as Faster Louder and Music Feeds locally.
Having established themselves as an international force since their formation in 1999, PVT has constantly been on the forefront of embracing the evolution of audio technology in their art, all the while earning prestige for producing gritty and confronting music that simultaneously draws from pop and conventional rock to produce a volatile formula - always teaming with new and exciting results, PVT themselves being the only constant.
Having toured the globe as headliners, as well as in support of acts like The Arctic Monkeys, Gary Numan, Warpaint, Bloc Party, and Gotye, they are one of the country’s most electrifying live campaigners and are set to bring that battle hardened experience to Australian audiences for a run of dates supporting the album in the new year. Tickets on sale 9am, Monday November 7th
New Spirit also features cover art by the acclaimed Australian artist Jonathan Zawada, who recently won the ARIA for Best Cover Art for his work on the cover of Flume’s Skin album.
Prepare for New Spirit in 2017, when once again we will hear PVT peer into the future and return with its soundtrack.
PVT 2017 Australian Tour Dates
Special Guests To Be Announced
Tickets on sale 9am, Monday November 7th
FRI 24 FEB NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA MELBOURNE VIC
SAT 25 FEB THE FOUNDRY BRISBANE QLD
Tickets: 25+ bf: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=68187
FRI 03 MAR OXFORD ART FACTORY SYDNEY NSW
Tickets: 25+ bf: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/pvt/91382
Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend available HERE
New Spirit is available to pre-order now HERE
New Spirit track-listing:
1. Spirit Of The Plains
2. A Feeling You Can Find
3. Salt Lake Heart
5. Another Life
6. Fool In Rain II
7. Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend
9. Murder Mall
10. New Spirit
11. Fake Sun In China