“I was on a downward spiral
But I pulled myself out of it”
Work on the album was wrapped on the day before valentine’ s Day. Five months on and with its release imminent, Lynn says that, for now, the storm clouds that once loomed overhead are reassuringly in the distance. throughout our conversation, she sounds upbeat and optimistic. She laughs quietly, even when remembering the darkest days. It’s a far cry from the woman who once greeted the day with a sadness she couldn’t quite put her finger on. Could you tell us what kind of coping mechanisms you used to feel better?
“I’ve been going to therapy and talking with some people, and that’s definitely helped,” she says.“being able to lay out your thoughts and figure out what’s triggering what. It’s about rewiring your brain. This is the main reason why I ended up where I did – you need to feel your emotions. You can’t bottle them up. You need to be vulnerable with yourself. My body and brain’s defence mechanism was to turn everything off. It’s a process and you have to be kind to yourself. Other people want to help and they do. It’s easier said than done, when you’re in that state, you will push people away because you’ll feel like no-one can really understand it – but some people can.”
Have you learned to take the good with the bad and not dwell so much on the latter these days? She pauses for a moment. “That’s the most important thing I’ve learned,” she says. “I actually became obsessed with it.that was such a prominent thing over the past few years. It’s something you always kinda know and hear constantly, but it wasn’t until recently that I got slapped in the face with it and came to terms with it.almost to a very cynical degree but I’m sitting in the middle now. It’s all about balance, in everything.”
Have you ever considered what PVRIS might have sounded like if you weren’t burdened with sad thoughts?
“I don’t know,” she laughs. “I’m very good at pulling myself into situations if I need to hone in on something. Literally nothing is ever perfect – everything is subjective.we could be having the worst year of our career and I could be the happiest and no-one would ever know.
“But I’m in a much better place now,” she smiles. “I’m trying to apply everything I’ve learned over the past few years to try to enjoy everything fully and be present in the moment. It’s a clichéd thing to learn or come to terms with over time, but you really have to just embrace darkness and learn to honour that as much as the light.”