Pavo Pavo share video for ‘Ruby (Let’s Buy The Bike!)’

Today Brooklyn experimental pop band Pavo Pavo—whose stunning debut album Young Narrator in the Breakers is out now on Bella Union, have shared the video for their single “Ruby” on Earmilk.

The track, is a song about stumbling across a motorcycle named Ruby at a bike show and falling in love. Pavo Pavo’s Oliver Hill talks about the video, saying There’s a great Kenneth Anger documentary about a biker gang called Scorpio Rising that peers into all the death-obsessed symbology in these gangs, and the whole bizarre environment piqued my interest. For the video we went up to Pleasantville, NY, which is both me and Ian’s hometown, and tried to make something that captured that special type of suburban-high-school boredom where groups of friends rove around and try to find little adventures – a sort of reimagined biker gang. We directed it ourselves and shot it on Super 8, which has such a beautiful and cool character – so in a way the whole enterprise was a bit like a group of high school friends, making something on a spare Saturday.” 

Pavo Pavo’s wistful and labyrinthine debut was met with critical acclaim: Pitchfork compared it to “a lovelorn alien reaching out from the farthest reaches of the galaxy” while The Guardian drew parallels to “Brian Wilson running amok in the BBC radiophonic workshop.” Their music has been noted for its elegant, symphonic arrangements, hailed as “weightless pop that sounds like it was beamed down from a utopian future” (Stereogum) and “sublime, synthy slow-burners echoing a bittersweet autumn from years past” (New York Magazine).

Pavo Pavo is a mind meld of five songwriters: Eliza Bagg on synthesizers, violin, and voice, Oliver Hill on guitars, synthesizers, and voice, Ian Romer on bass and voice, Pete Coccoma on guitar, and Noah Hecht on drums. The members emerged from a rich Brooklyn scene of classical and indie music, having worked closely on music with John Zorn, Porches, Dave Longstreth, Eleanor Friedberger, Olga Bell, Lucius, San Fermin, and Roomful of Teeth. They are permanently devoted to finding new shapes, sounds, musical pushes and pulls – in their Ditmas Park studio, their Gowanus rehearsal space, and onstage. 2017 will bring another record and tours in the U.S. and Europe.

Young Narrator in the Breakers is available now via Bella Union.