Australian trio PVT started as a quintet called Pivot — after being sued by an American band of the same name, they removed the vowels. The band’s released a couple of albums under the old moniker, but brothers Richard and Laurence Pike and Dave Miller (and his laptop) are about to release Church With No Magic, their first as PVT. The sound’s a chilly, mathy, deeply percussive mix of soaring and stuttered vocals, guitars, bass, drums (electro and otherwise), and mountains of keyboards. It feels sort of like Yeasayer gone Bladerunner. Or Battles on some kind of Coldplay kick. Instead of a studio, you get the sense it was put together in a looming shadowy factory. See, for instance, the collection’s kinetic first single “Widow” and “The Quick Mile,” the spacier locked-groove anthem that follows it. We also have a listen of “Crimson Swan,” showcasing their more patiently paced, skewed-balladic dramatics.
Church With No Magic is out 8/10 via Warp. “Window”‘s Clemens Habicht-directed video: