Pavo Pavo is the recording project of Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. Mystery Hour, the band’s second album is a focused, widescreen development. Channelling the narrative drama of Oliver and Eliza’s changing relationship, it is an uncategorizable record that’s both maximal and compact, a fever dream filled with cinematic imagery and rooted in acute emotion, written as the two were separating after a six-year relationship. At the heart of the music is the openness with which the duo continues to sing together, revealing their unshakeable friendship. The record is a meditation on relationships from different angles: Goldenrod ends the album with a duet about loss, the expressiveness of the two voices garbled to make them sound uncanny, almost inhuman. Close to Your Ego, (Hold me close to your ego / and I’ll hold you close to mine) is more oblique, about the difficulty of reconciling intimacy with sense of self.
LP - Standard Weight Black Vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with Download.