Following the success of their critically-heralded debut album Young Narrator In The Breakers and the announcement of their forthcoming sophomore album Mystery Hour (out January 25th through Bella Union), today Pavo Pavo are pleased to share the striking video for their track “Goldenrod”.
Commenting on the track, the band offer: “Goldenrod came together in an afternoon at the piano – it was kind of the bleakest song I’d written, and when I went to make a demo, I didn’t want to hear my voice so clearly singing those words, it seemed more comfortable coming from some anonymous source. So I sang it at a lower key and pitch shifted my voice up, making a new character come out of the speakers. Then, when a garbled, auto-tuned Eliza joined in a rope of harmony all the way through, it became a sort of alien heartbreak duet, and we didn’t touch the recording anymore, we just put that demo on the record.”
Pavo Pavo is the recording project of Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. On their acclaimed 2016 debut, Young Narrator in the Breakers, Eliza’s effervescent soprano was compared to “a lovelorn alien reaching out from the farthest reaches of the galaxy” (Pitchfork), and the elegant, symphonic arrangements were described as “weightless pop that sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future.” (Stereogum).
Mystery Hour is a focused, widescreen development. Channelling the narrative drama of Oliver and Eliza’s changing relationship, it is an uncategorizable record that’s both maximal and compact, a fever dream filled with cinematic imagery and rooted in acute emotion, written as the two were separating after a six-year relationship.
Having just begun their UK tour, the remaining dates of which are below, Mercury Rev have today shared a new track from The Delta Sweete Revisited – their track-by-track resurrection of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 long-overlooked masterwork, “The Delta Sweete”. Hope Sandoval provides vocals to Mercury Rev’s arrangements on “Big Boss Man”, the album’s sensual, proto–feminist highlight. Of the track Sandoval says, “Well, the only boss man in my life is my cat Herman so this song was a bit tricky for me but I am so honoured to have been asked to be a part of this amazing group of women paying tribute to such an inspirational artist. I’ve always been a fan of Mercury Rev and Bobbie Gentry, so needless to say I am over the moon to be a part of this project.”
The Delta Sweete Revisited is out 8th February via Bella Union (Partisan Records in the US). In addition to Sandoval, Mercury Rev are backed on vocals by an unmatched roster of women across a range of genres: Norah Jones, Margo Price, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), Susanne Sundfør, Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab), Marissa Nadler, Kaela Sinclair (M83) and more.
Originally released at the height of Gentry’s superstardom following her #1 smash “Ode To Billie Joe,” ‘The Delta Sweete’ is an unrestrained statement of empowerment that dips into everything from swamp-rock, R&B-style horns, and orchestral arrangements.‘The Delta Sweete Revisited’is Mercury Rev’s committed and affectionate resurrection of an album that anticipated by three decades their own pivotal expedition through transcendental America, 1998’s ‘Deserter’s Songs.’ Not unlike ‘The Delta Sweete,’ that record merged jazz, folk, and rock with Disney soundtrack fantasia, and heralded Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a unique brand of the popular American songbook.
Mercury Rev are currently three dates into a UK tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic album Deserter’s Songs.