Another exposing cinematic masterpiece.
Label: Rise Records
Released: 25th August 2017
‘White Noise’ was a masterpiece of black and white brilliance. Fire, shadows and euphoria weaved between a world of flickering televisions and constant excitement. It kickstarted a phenomenon and for good reason. For its follow-up though, PVRIS tore down everything they’d built and created something new. The rulebook was once again used to jot down ideas of grand poetry and whispered secrets before being tossed aside and replaced by a shining new universe.
Rather than monsters under the bed and unnamed nighttime visitors, ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’ focuses on what it can touch, taste and feel. Chests rise and fall, bones ache, hearts break, and there’s blood behind it all. The splashes of red light up the horizon while the blacks and whites blur into countless shades of wonder. It’s intimate and visceral. Lyrics bear the weight of this newly-realised world and tumble into gloomy rabbit holes of self-doubt, self-deprecation, discomfort and abandon. Waves of doom break in the background as the band find themselves at the edge of something special. Something terrifying.
‘All We Know Of Heaven’ tries to right itself amongst the chaos. The music is turbulent as Lynn, Brian and Alex make each of their voices, and their souls heard. There are moments of quiet beauty and calm reflection that quickly collapse into churning oceans of uncertainty. The fire rages uncontrollably, but the unknown darkness still surrounds them.
Despite the battle between heaven and hell, what you need and what you know, PVRIS still conjure mystery and marvel. They’ve turned inwards, refused to play up to their ever-growing crowds and come out more vibrant than ever. There’s a brave honesty in being vulnerable; there’s power in admitting things aren’t ok. Rather than pretend happy, PVRIS have scratched around in the dirt, poured themselves into another exposing cinematic masterpiece and come out brighter than ever. Ali Shutler