Over the past handful of years of this site’s almost nine-year history, I’ve written quite a bit about the critically acclaimed indie pop act Pavo Pavo. And as you may recall, the band, which derives its name from the southern constellation Pavo (the Latin word for peacock), can trace its origins to when its founding trio Eliza Bagg (vocals, violin and synths), Oliver Hill (vocals, guitar, synths) and Ian Romer (bass) met while studying at Yale University. Interestingly, since their formation, individual members of the band have collaborated with Here We Go Magic, John Zorn, Dave Longstreth, Porches, Olga Bell, Lucius, Roomful of Teeth and San Fermin and others, all while receiving widespread attention across the blogosphere for a retro-futuristic sound that draws from 60s psych pop, synth pop, prog rock and New Age.
Since the release of the band’s critically applauded debut album Young Narrator in the Breakers, the band has gone through a series of massive lineup changes as the band has become centered around two of its founding members — Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. Interestingly, much like Rubblebucket‘s latest album, Pavo Pavo’s long-awaited sophomore album Mystery Hour is thematically and narratively focused around the breakup of the duo’s six-year romantic relationship and the changing of their relationship. In fact, the album and its creative process began as a way for Hill and Bagg to process their breakup and what it meant both for them and the band — and in some way, it also became a feedback loop, influencing their separation and the new roles they would have in each other’s lives. As result, the album is a cinematic yet intimate mediation on relationships from different angles — but primarily on messy, incomplete endings between equally messy and incomplete people. Now as you may recall, the album’s first official single, album title track “Mystery Hour” was an incredibly tight yet swooning pop song that recalls Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles, centered around the painfully sad fact that eventually all things must end, and that we’re often left to figure out some way to pick up all the broken pieces, put them back in some sort of order and move forward.
The album’s latest single “Close to Your Ego,” is a shimmering, Beatles-esque track with a soaring and plaintive hook — and while nodding at Young Narrator in the Breakers, the track is much more oblique, as its about the difficulty of reconciling intimacy with the sense of self. Interestingly, the track captures that confusion from both sides — the narrator repeatedly expresses her doubts, at one point asking if she’s a passing fancy. Her self-doubts and desire to protect herself get in the way and muddies the water and in some way the song implies that relationships can often feel like people tripping over their own feet.
The duo will be embarking on a handful of tour dates during the Winter and it includes a February 6, 2019 stop at Elsewhere’s Zone One. Check out the tour dates below.