Release Date: Jan 25, 2019
Record label: Bella Union
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
A pair of experimental musicians who spend six years as lovers and end the affair with one partner singing the other's songs about the break up of their relationship may seem like a plot for a Spike Jonze remake of A Star Is Born, but then Pavo Pavo are no ordinary band, and their second album Mystery Hour is certainly no ordinary record. Lovelorn and triumphant, it walks a trippingly weird route around the messy slum of a failed relationship in which neither partner seems to have secured the upper hand, and yet neither is obviously reduced as a result. Perhaps mutual respect has helped to smooth the creative process.
On Pavo Pavo's second full length, Mystery Hour, the band finds itself a new sense of determination in the middle of a crossroads. The album is a shared document expressing the bittersweet tension and release of the six-year romance of Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. They offer their musings on the decay and regeneration of their relationship as it takes on new forms, all within a unified voice that manages to escape the "he said/she said" call and response that can come from dual perspectives that are opposed to one another.