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Released: 14.10.22







Something I’ve noticed about a lot of (good) music at the moment is the way it collapses and reconfigures seemingly disparate sounds and styles. The cynic would say it was reflective of a lack of focus, but really it’s a marker of mature creativity; an ambitious kind of musical Gesamtkunstwerk.

PVA’s hotly anticipated debut album BLUSH celebrates this boundaryless approach to music – lifting it to new heights. Combining ethereal synths, acid, obligatory post-punk basslines and a kind of Laurie Anderson Sprechgesang, BLUSH is a thrilling destabilisation of conventions. Tracks like Transit slip from post-rock industrial howling to Ella Harris’ soft acoustics, whilst Comfort Eating and Hero Man confront mental health and vulnerability head on. PVA have sent me into an emotionally and physically liberating dance and I love it.


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