It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Massachusetts own, PVRIS released their much acclaimed debut album, White Noise. Even with the premiere of one of two new songs, “You and I,” back in February 2016, fans were wondering when they would get a listen at a potential new album.
On April 28th, the band posted what was a teaser of both the upcoming album and their new video for their new single, “Heaven.” It begins with a poem from Emily Dickinson named “Parting” from Poems by Emily Dickinson, third series 1896 that was released posthumously. The teaser starts with lead singer/guitarist Lynn Gunn smashing a mirror in the bathroom which looks similar to the one used in the White Noise album cycle. We are entering a new era for PVRIS.
Much to many fans excitement, the band has released a new song called “Heaven,” and with that, announced a new album named All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell due on August 4th via Rise Records. The teaser leads right into the video which was directed both by Gunn and longtime collaboration, Raul Gonzo. Within the video for “Heaven,” you will see that it falls in line with the PVRIS aesthetic of black and white coloring, but there are some instances of powerful imagery.
Whether it be bassist Brian MacDonald walking outside as white doves fall out the sky or the band or Gunn walking through an aged house with dark veiled figures that looks to be her two band mates walking behind her, there seems to be a play with darkness and light. Flowers wilting juxtaposed to the dark figures that track the members down and have them meet their end could be a metaphor for the never ending cycle of life and death.
“Heaven” further builds on PVRIS’ musical maturation building layers throughout the song. Only beginning with piano, faint guitar chords, and an echo of “you took my heart” that is present throughout the almost five minute single, it then builds into a heavier tone akin to “My House” off of their first record. The emotional, percussion-laden song is a good introduction to what looks to be a heavy period during the band’s process of their second album.
The album title hints at a duality that could be present. The last line of the Dickinson poem is “Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell” (7-8). There are two sides to death; the promise that you will get to heaven and the grief that you either leave behind or experience.
Check out the video below and pre-order the album here.
Main Photo Credit: Eliot Lee Hazel