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At first glance, PVA are a rather classic trio: synth, guitar, drums, a girl and a boy (Ella Harris and Josh Baxter) sharing the microphone. The Londoners made their mark in 2019 with ‘Divine Intervention’, a single that offered an updated take on new wave and caught the ear of Ninja Tune. The prestigious English label gave the group complete freedom for their 2020 EP, Toner, released on the label’s Big Dada imprint and carried by lead track ‘Talks’ which was splendidly remixed (twice) by Mura Masa. With this first album, BLUSH, PVA have the opportunity to clarify an identity that currently floats somewhere between post-punk, acid house and industrial, but is clearly nostalgic for the 80s and 90s.


The record certainly confirms the inclination towards the 80s and 90s through its new wave passages (‘Bad Dad’), Prodigy-like atmospheres (‘Untethered’, ‘The Individual’) and nods to Miss Kittin (‘Hero’). It’s also not surprising to learn that ‘Bunker’ was one of PVA’s first songs as a band. The rolling bass, the acid gimmicks, the dark vocals, the heavy drums; it’s all there, forming a wave that's hard to contain when played live. Elsewhere, the hyperpop finale ‘Soap’ signals an interesting direction for the band who clearly have plenty left in the locker. Audacity at its finest! © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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1
Untethered
00:03:36

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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2
Kim
00:03:54

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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3
Hero Man
00:03:53

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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4
Interlude
00:00:48

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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5
Bunker
00:05:20

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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6
Comfort Eating
00:03:40

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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7
The Individual
00:03:50

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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8
Bad Dad
00:03:40

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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9
Transit
00:05:49

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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10
Seven
00:03:45

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Tony Njoku, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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11
Soap
00:04:49

Sentric, MusicPublisher - Josh Baxter, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - PVA, MainArtist - Ben Romans-Hopcraft, Producer - Kevin Tuffy, Engineer - Patrick James Fitzroy, Mixer - Louis Satchell, ComposerLyricist - Ella Harris, Lyricist - Jamie Neville, Producer

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Album Description

At first glance, PVA are a rather classic trio: synth, guitar, drums, a girl and a boy (Ella Harris and Josh Baxter) sharing the microphone. The Londoners made their mark in 2019 with ‘Divine Intervention’, a single that offered an updated take on new wave and caught the ear of Ninja Tune. The prestigious English label gave the group complete freedom for their 2020 EP, Toner, released on the label’s Big Dada imprint and carried by lead track ‘Talks’ which was splendidly remixed (twice) by Mura Masa. With this first album, BLUSH, PVA have the opportunity to clarify an identity that currently floats somewhere between post-punk, acid house and industrial, but is clearly nostalgic for the 80s and 90s.


The record certainly confirms the inclination towards the 80s and 90s through its new wave passages (‘Bad Dad’), Prodigy-like atmospheres (‘Untethered’, ‘The Individual’) and nods to Miss Kittin (‘Hero’). It’s also not surprising to learn that ‘Bunker’ was one of PVA’s first songs as a band. The rolling bass, the acid gimmicks, the dark vocals, the heavy drums; it’s all there, forming a wave that's hard to contain when played live. Elsewhere, the hyperpop finale ‘Soap’ signals an interesting direction for the band who clearly have plenty left in the locker. Audacity at its finest! © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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