pvkeslvt – ‘Double Desire’

An eclectic success that spans from moody rock to excitable hyperpop, Double Desire is the new album from pvkeslvt, a band from Limassol, Cyprus.

Representing their second full-length album and third overall release, Double Desire reflects a “more utopian musical experience,” comparative to their debut album’s more dystopic tint. The powerful music of World’s End Girlfriend is cited as a particularly important influence, and that project’s stirring range — from elegant orchestral lushness to menacing dark rock swells — is an apt reference point, aesthetically.

The album’s eclectic flair is captivating throughout, evidenced early on by “Heaven Escalator.” A diversely intriguing composure sets in immediately. Heavy blasts of guitar distortion invoke an eerie metal-rock quality, traversing thereafter into a spacey electro-pop dazzling as soaring vocal effects appear sporadically. The excitable synth arpeggios and heavy guitar movements intertwine throughout with beautifully melodic results, as the vocals exude a hyperpop-friendly colorfulness alongside.

From the title track’s electro/post-punk cohesion to the epic synth-pop of “Emotional Skyscapes,” Double Desire compels throughout with an enjoyable sense of unpredictability. Closing track “Fine Night” plays as a smörgåsbord of influences, fusing electro-pop, industrial rock, black metal, and EDM for a wholly idiosyncratic sound — which, like the rest of the album, succeeds in its charismatic creativity and cohesive stylistic fusions.

“Heaven Escalator” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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