PVRIS

ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN, ALL WE NEED OF HELL (rise) LYNN GUNN AND CO. beat the CURSE OF the SEC­OND AL­BUM, AND their DEMONS, in ONE FELL SWOOP

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - JENNYFER J. WALKER

IF LYNN Gunn’s demons had got­ten their way,allwe Know Of Heaven,all We Need Of Hell might never have ex­isted.after PVRIS re­leased their stun­ning de­but White Noise in 2014, they spent two years work­ing to­wards writ­ing and record­ing a fol­low-up. But when they got into the stu­dio Lynn told Ker­rang! she was wrapped up in a “storm cloud” and “felt com­pletely de­tached and beaten down”. She went as far as say­ing she didn’t even want to be there.“i would wake up in the morn­ing and not want to get out of bed,” she ad­mit­ted.

But, some­how, the front­woman turned it around, and penned a record even more dark and emo­tion­ally heavy than the last.the ma­jor­ity of White Noise saw Lynn wrap her feel­ings up in metaphor, whereas on AWKOHAWNOH her words are un­flinch­ingly di­rect. She wants you to know ex­actly how she was feel­ing. Stand-out track What’s Wrong sums up that headspace best, with lines like,‘two years gone / Came back as some bones and so cyn­i­cal,’ and,‘take the mir­ror from the wall so I can’t see my­self at all / Don’t wanna see an­other damn inch of my skull.’ In the song’s com­mand­ing cho­rus, Lynn sings,‘i don’t need a metaphor for you to know I’m mis­er­able,’ nod­ding to the lyri­cal ap­proach taken on White Noise. On clos­ing track Noala 1, mean­while – the big­gest de­par­ture, with its elec­tro, chillout vibes – the singer ad­mits she didn’t think she’d ‘pull through to 22’.

The mu­si­cal pro­gres­sion con­tin­ues on the mul­ti­lay­ered Any­one Else, with its club beats, eu­phoric mid­dle-eight, and harp outro.the ethe­real harp sounds also ap­pear on Walk Alone – with Lynn’s ‘Do we have bad blood?’ vo­cal melody sound­ing so sen­su­ous and homely you can lit­er­ally sink into it. The flut­tery drums and rain­fall-mim­ick­ing strings give the track an al­most Asmr-ef­fect (that’s Au­ton­o­mous Sen­sory Meridian Re­sponse – Youtube it). Lead sin­gle Heaven, of course, is the ex­act brand of dark poprock that made PVRIS so mes­meris­ing in the first place, as is No Mercy, the pow­er­ful cho­rus of which (‘Show me no mercy / And let it rain / Let it rain’) sounds as enor­mous on record as it will on­stage.

It may not be as im­me­di­ately ac­ces­si­ble as White Noise, but AWKOHAWNOH’S com­plex­ity means that once it takes you over – and it will – you’ll feel en­veloped by gloom in the most com­fort­ing of ways. It’s mu­sic for win­ter nights and rainy days (or just for when the weather feels that way in your head), with the abil­ity to soothe a tor­mented soul and calm the noise one’s mind can bring.and hope­fully it does the same for Lynn.

A lit­tle piece of heaven in­deed. down­load: What’s Wrong, Heaven. For Fans of: CHVRCHES, Linkin Park.

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