Last we heard of Australian three-piece PVT, they were exploring the outer reaches of electronic rock with their 2010 album Church With No Magic. The Australian trio have made a career out of making genre-bending guitar music, and in 2008 becoming the first band from their homeland to sign to iconic UK label Warp. Homosapien — their fourth studio album will be their Felte debut — The release date was announced today — February 12th, 2013 — and the album’s artwork was revealed as well. The album tracks “Nightfall” and “Shiver” are available for stream, with the former available for a limited time download.
To create the sounds that became Homosapien, the three members of PVT spent a month in complete isolation in a quiet, remote, rural corner of Australia. They set themselves up inside a cavernous, 120-year-old mansion, well beyond the reach of modernity, and set to work. With the band producing once again, the recording of Homosapien was overseen at that remote location by young engineer Ivan Vizintin, and then mixed in London by Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Blur).
The artwork of Homosapien features the work of Winston Chmielinski. A Brooklyn based artist known for his paintings of the human body, that are always slightly obscured but are in stark contrast to the bold and vivid colours used. “We’d been collating images for a few weeks for references for the artwork; classical Greek sculpture, Brutalist architecture, Aztec burial masks, when we came across Winston Chmielinski’s paintings quite by chance. I was immediately drawn to the cover image. It seemed to encapsulate all of the things we were looking for to visually represent the music on this album; colour, primitivism, raw emotion, and the human form. It immediately seemed like we had our record cover,” says Laurence Pike of PVT.
Pre-order available now for Homosapien at Felte’s website.
PVT 2012 TOUR DATES
Nov 24 Hasselt, BELGIUM – MOD
Nov 25 Paris, FRANCE – Noveau Casino
Nov 27 Gent, BELGIUM – Video
Nov 28 London, UK – Birthdays
Dec 06 Adelaide, SA – Adelaide Entertainment Centre w/ Gotye
Dec 08 Melbourne, VIC – Sidney Myer Music Bowl w/ Gotye
Dec 12 Brisbane, QLD – Riverstage w/ Gotye
Dec 14 Sydney, NSW – Sydney Entertainment Centre w/ Gotye
Out February 12th, 2013 on Felte
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