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Homosapien

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2013 release from the Indie trio. To create the sounds that became Homosapien, PVT set themselves up inside a cavernous, 120-year-old mansion, with the recording overseen by young engineer Ivan Vizintin, and then mixed in London by Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Blur). This is the first release that's placed Richard Pike front and center as a bona fide frontman. The change gives the band a focal point that allows Homosapien to be more open, more intimate and yet also more direct than its predecessors. This is the document of a band as close as ever to defining 'their sound': a seamless collage of instruments, electronics, old keyboards, machines, and Pike's voice.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 1-2-3-4-GO!
  • ASIN: B00A3Q5E5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Hubner on February 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
PVT have this crazy futuristic sound that brings to mind bands of the past. Wait. That makes no sense. Futuristic sound....bands of the past? Well, regardless that's the case. There's a sense of future visions, all wrapped in a warm analog blanket. Elements of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, and Depeche Mode float along in the DNA and chromosomal make up of Homosapien. But there's also hints of PVTs peers. Take for example the title track. It sounds very much like one of last years best `new' bands, Django Django. Weird, blippy vocals coming in and out as a hi hat-heavy drum beat carries us along the jangly guitar-driven track. Other spots there's a darkness lurking in-between the square waves of the analog synths. Radiohead makes an appearance in spirit as The King of Limbs cold electro sensuality pops up in `Vertigo'. This is a band of 3 that sounds like a band of 10. London by way of Sydney's PVT love to experiment. But they also want you to swoon.

Richard and Laurence Pike got together with electronic artist Dave Miller to create experimental music under the name Pivot. After losing a couple vowels and 3 full-length albums later they seem to have hit their stride with Homosapien. They have found a balance between experimental and pop. `Nightfall' is a perfect example of that balance. Richard Pike has a longing in his voice and can croon quite wonderfully. As good as his contemporaries, easily. But where the Coldplays and Keanes and Snow Patrols and Alt Js either go way too schmaltzy or get lost in their own artistic ambitions, PVT give just the right amount of artistic ambition and repeat playability. You could hear this song in an Alex Cox movie back in 1984, or a Danny Boyle flick in 2013.
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I have to admit that whenever I see the words "electronic pop" and "drum machine", I'm inclined
to crawl in the other direction. The 2nd album from Australia's PVT (formerly known as Pivot) is
an exception I would happily crawl right into. The peculiar innovativeness of the compositions,
the crisp-but-warm production and the darkly melodic pop structures provide a protective
umbrella to ward off the reign (sic) of hipster mediocrity. There's an abundance of heady tunes
here that flow with an edgy, unpredictable flair and smooth/dark electronic energy. Former
members of Triosk, Flanger, Roam the Hello Clouds. Sometimes recalls bands like Gazelle
Twin, Diamond Rings, Black Marble, Passarella Death Squad, The Knife. Nice, invitingly odd.
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I've been interested in this group since they were known as PIVOT, and yet the dropping of the vowels and their subtle change in direction, with each record, has not deterred me. First off, this new album is full of some top-notch songs. Church of No Magic was an exciting, often experimental album, but this release sees the band going off in a slightly different direction, and it seems to be a good change. While Homosapien still has an experimental side to it, the new album reveals the band's skill at crafting unusually sounding electronic pop songs. They've proven themselves to be one of the few bands out there that can combine real drums and bass/guitar with a healthy dose of electronics and synthesizers. It all works together so seamlessly. And seeing how these guys are an Aussie combo, I cannot help drawing connections to many early 80s Aussie groups like Icehouse, INXS, Pseudo Echo, and even New Zealanders, Mi-Sex. Surely all of those groups were a bit more pop in their focus, but PVT clearly borrow a portion of their sound from this era. Upon close listen, you'll hear bits of Depeche Mode's Construction Time Again, hints of Joy Division's Closer, the warm synths and odd production techniques found on Orchestral Manoeuvres' Dazzle Ships, and even the glitchiness of Oval and Autechre. I've seen this group live 2 times here in Los Angeles and they can really pull it off. So, if you're looking for some great electronic rock that looks to the past and to the future for both their sound palette and style, PVT just might be the band for you. Homosapien definitely did not disappoint. I'm just hoping these guys pick up more fans with this release. It is that good.
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