While we await fresher releases, I thought it relevant to recap a bit, and chat all things Pvris’ debut.
Type ‘Pvris’ and your trusty Apple tech will autocorrect this Massachusetts trio its original name, ‘Paris’. However, I guess they realised that monicker wasn’t as edgy as it could have been. I don’t know whether it was the decision to replace ‘a’ with ‘v’ that has afforded this band its innovative style, or whether they are just blessed with talent in spades, but this debut is nothing shy of staggering.
Opening the ten-tracker, ‘Smoke’ is raucous but assumes a really solid stance. Encompassing thrashing drums, a rumbling baseline and a soft chief riff, Lyndsey Gunnulfsen is additionally explosive lyrically, raising echoes of a sort of electronic Paramore. The synths kickstarting ‘St. Patrick’ are mildly akin to an early Purity Ring, but this second piece transcends into heavier pop-rock as Gunnulfsen waxes about miracles outside her subconscious. Even if you aren’t the biggest headbanger to grace the planet, you can’t argue with the dynamism of this album; Gunnulfsen’s lines are fresh, with the background instruments steaming, raging and absolutely thunderous at every stage. The electronic overlays just add to this sublime portrait.
One of the most popular churned out by Pvris, ‘My House’ is anthemic, and hammers the nail atop anybody’s personal issues. The musings on this album are great, with every song channelling inner grievances and unleashing this sparkling aggression so effortlessly projected by Gunnulfsen’s soapy vocals. From soft trance vibes to an effervescent, rasping, heavy rock chorus, I hear Pvris seizing their synth-pop elements, chucking them out and favouring a more Evanescence-esque character in this track. Clever indeed.
‘Holy’ begins with clapping drums and angelic melodies, while ‘White Noise’ utilises punchy drum beats to advance a slow, but loud, insistent chorus. ‘Fire’ is the another to portray the fierce vision of this three-piece, showing, once more, the diversity of each of these tracks. Yes, it’s rock, but yes, it’s brimming with synths. What’s not to get a bit giddy about here?
If you only download one track, let it be: ‘St. Patrick’