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Mystery Hour


Artist: Pavo Pavo
Label: Bella Union
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 25 January 2019

Pavo Pavo is the recording project of Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. Mystery Hour is their second LP, and channels the narrative drama of their changing partnership, written as the two were separating after a six-year relationship. The tone is set by the album’s title track and lead single, a pop song driven by orchestra and choir into a celestial fadeout...

Following on from 2016's Young Narrator in the Breakers, Pavo Pavo release their latest LP, Mystery Hour. It's a diverse and engaging album that reminded me of so many old bands including Chicago and Talking Heads.

It's one of those weird albums that you instantly engage with on the first playthrough and then on subsequent listens it's as though you've known and loved it for years.

Of the 11 songs (34 min, 30 sec) personal favourites include the trippy infectious '100 Years', the upbeat 'Around Part 1' and 'Statue Is A Man Inside'. Overall this is an album that is full of warmth, depth and plenty of character. It's one you'll enjoy now and still dig out fondly in years to come.


Nick Smithson

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