Australian electro-rock pioneers, PVT, today return with the third video from their momentous new album, New Spirit – out now via Create/Control. Praise for the new record has been rife with acknowledgements that the trio has made a career of taking the beautiful and melodic and twisting and manipulating it until it is confronting and brutal, and nowhere is that theme more evident than in this latest video for ‘Kangaroo.’
Melding warped VHS tape footage from Australian ’70s and ’80s television that’s all loosely linked by the concept of kangaroos, the video sees the unfashionable imagery distorted (even more than it’s already grainy and dated finish) and thanks to the backdrop of the oscillating beats and breathy synth hums of ‘Kangaroo,’ re-crafted it as an artefact that is culturally nostalgic with a cold and antagonising modern finish.
The video follows on from similar eerie, yet stunning clips for ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ and ‘Another Life,’ that were previously taken from New Spirit, PVT’s heralded fifth studio album. The record has been praised across the world as one of the trio’s greatest releases to date – as well as having been championed locally as FBI Album Of The Week and Double J’s Feature Album, as well as a receiving a myriad of four or more star reviews.
The video for ‘Kangaroo’ was again directed by their regular creative partner, McLean Stephenson (who’s also worked with Alex Cameron, Bad//Dreems and City Calm Down), whom the band tasked with exploring the depths of the web to find imagery that explored our complex relationship with one of the chief figures of Australiana.
“We asked Mclean to delve into the dark web of Australian identity and nostalgia to create a video,” says PVT multi-instrumentalist Richard Pike. “Considering the brief was ‘kangaroos’ we think he’s done an ok job. Australia thinks of its national emblem as a pest and shoots it. That alone is a pretty weird thing to say about the place that you come from.”
Stephenson comically adds, “This is the story of Australia’s most misunderstood marsupial, as told by the internet. I made it because PVT are bludgers.”
The clip premiered on Noisey France, reinforcing the international appeal of PVT, who are set to return to the UK and Europe for a run of shows later this month. For tickets and info, head to pvtpvt.net