Release Date: July 14, 2023
Genre: Pop Rock, Hyper Pop, Pop
Label: Hopeless Records
PVRIS' highly-anticipated fourth studio album, EVERGREEN, is a testament to the band's evolution and their most cinematic offering to date. Led by multi-talented musician and creative force Lynn Gunnulfsen, the album explores themes of fame, technology, spectacle, and female autonomy, presenting a complex discussion within a captivating sonic and visual experience. With eleven uncompromising tracks, EVERGREEN showcases PVRIS' dedication to craftsmanship, resilience, and brutal honesty.
The album kicks off with the infectious track "I DON'T WANNA DO THIS ANYMORE," where Lynn Gunn candidly delves into her struggle with fame. The song's sonic whirlwind combines drum and bass elements with bouncy synth lines, showcasing PVRIS' ability to experiment with different musical structures and sounds. Each verse and chorus brings a new element or instrument into the mix, keeping the listener engaged and surprised.
"GOOD ENEMY" takes a different route, immersing listeners in a bouncy hyper-pop number. PVRIS effortlessly transitions from one style to another, displaying their versatility and willingness to explore new territories. The song draws you in with its catchy hooks and dynamic production.
Breaking the mold once again, "GODDESS" delivers a full-blown rock track infused with hyper-pop elements in the vocal work. It reminds listeners of the intersection between pop and rock, similar to the recent works of K. Flay. Lynn's vocal prowess shines through, showcasing her ability to seamlessly blend different genres.
The wavy bass lines of "ANIMAL" shake the ground beneath you, evoking nostalgia from PVRIS' earlier albums. This track brings back the sound that fans fell in love with on White Noise (2014) and All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell (2017), while blending them with the pop elements heard on Use Me (2020). It's a reminder of the band's roots while still pushing forward with a fresh energy.
"TAKE MY NIRVANA" is a bass-heavy, full-blown rock number that will undoubtedly get listeners moving and headbanging. PVRIS' knack for crafting energetic and powerful songs shines through, leaving no room for complacency. "SENTI-MENTAL" takes a step back, slowing down the pace and showcasing PVRIS' ability to create atmospheric alt-rock. The sombre vocals and psychedelic guitars, backed by keyboards, create a captivating soundscape that draws the listener in. It's a track that demonstrates the band's willingness to experiment and incorporate diverse influences.
"ANYWHERE BUT HERE" continues the album's introspective mood with a stripped-down, acoustic-driven song. Simple yet impactful, it tugs at the heartstrings with its honest and heartfelt delivery. The use of minimal instrumentation allows Lynn's vocals to shine, emphasizing the emotional weight heard within the song's lyrics.
"HEADLIGHTS" maintains the slower tempo, offering one of Lynn Gunn's best vocal performances on the entire album. The raw emotion in her voice resonates deeply, enhanced by the eerie synths and drums. The track showcases the band's ability to convey powerful emotions through their music.
Closing out the album is the title track, "EVERGREEN." PVRIS takes a pop direction with this song, reminiscent of some Justin Timberlake's earliest works. It's a testament to Lynn Gunn's creativity, as she continues to think outside the box while staying true to PVRIS' unique style. The combination of strings, synths, and acoustic guitars creates a vibrant and catchy composition that leaves a lasting impression.
With EVERGREEN, PVRIS demonstrates their growth as artists and their willingness to explore new musical territories, while embracing the roots that got them to where they are today. Lynn Gunn's multifaceted artistry shines throughout the album. PVRIS has crafted an eleven-track body of work that is a testament to their dedication, resilience, and unapologetic honesty. EVERGREEN is a must-listen for fans and newcomers alike, showcasing PVRIS' ability to create compelling and unforgettable music.