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PVRIS is comprised of Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian MacDonald, and their band's name is pronounced 'Paris'. Even though I know that, I still find my brain reading it as 'Purvis' of all things. I... am not in the mood to discuss genre or dissect sound. All I know is, when I need life blocked out, their music has what it takes to do so.
This summer they released a new album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, which I love. But today, I want to talk about their first album: White Noise. While All We Know of Heaven... took a while to grow on me, White Noise was an instant obsession. It came out in 2014 originally, but it was re-released as a deluxe album in 2016. I was pretty late to the PVRIS party, so it's the deluxe version that I own. I'm actually rather shocked, because while writing this post, I realized the two songs that I was originally obsessed with from the album ('Empty' and 'You and I') were not on the original release, and were added to the deluxe version as the first two tracks. I can't believe I didn't know this for a full year. I've definitely read things that should've made me realize this, but apparently I blipped right past them. (Also yes I know my pet peeve is different versions of albums, but what can you do?)
I particularly wanted to write about this album before this month ended, because I listened to White Noise a lot last November. It ties in strongly with important events from that month: my trip to NYC, NaNoWriMo, and even the election. (The last one is because I hadn't bought the album yet, but I was so depressed the day after the election that I bought it. Retail therapy, I guess? More like retail survival.)
Wow, on that note I'm at a loss at where to go. I'll let the music speak for itself, I guess? I'm posting the aforementioned song, 'You and I'.
A theme of this blog has been listening to music that no one in my life knows and can comment on, but regrettably my little brother knew of this band before I... and speaks disparagingly of them. Alright, lil bro. That will not stop me from cranking them up when I am [insert negative emotion here]. (Not to say that I don't ever listen to PVRIS when I'm happy, because I do that, as well.)
It's always nice to return here. I make no promises, but I do have a lot of music I want to burble about...