hmv's Albums Of The Year 2017 - PVRIS
2017 is almost at an end, but what a year it's been for music! There have been so many great records across the year, and, to celebrate, hmv have rounded up 50 of the best of them for our guide to the best albums of 2017. It's available to pick-up in store now and, to coincide, we're going to be running interviews with some of the artists who've made the cut.
Today it's the turn of PVRIS and their dark masterpiece All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, we spoke to singer Lynn Gunnulfsen about putting together the album and making themselves at home...
Congratulations! You’re one of hmv’s albums of the year, how does it feel?
“It’s awesome. Thank you for all your support, it’s nice to know that people like the record.”
How do you look back on the making of All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell? Was it a difficult album to make?
“We worked on it for a long time and it still feels so strange for these songs to be out there. It was a solid year of work, but we’re so pleased with it.”
What was the first song that came together for the album?
“It was either ‘Heaven’ or ‘What’s Wrong’. The way we work is we just follow whatever feels right, we jump around from song to song, we’ll work on at least three songs a day. Those were the tracks that felt the most complete first.”
What’s your favourite memory of making the album?
“It was a weird time for me mentally, it was tough. But it was an awesome record to make, it was the first time in years we’d been able to plant our feet in the same place for more than a week. I just loved having a home! We were in upstate New York, it was fall so it was beautiful outside and everybody at the studio was incredibly kind. It was so inspiring.”
If you had to choose a favourite song from the album, could you?
“It’s ‘Anyone Else’. It’s one of the sleepers on the record for the rest of the team, but I’ve always loved it. It was one of the first ones we started, maybe three years ago now, but it’s also felt so special to me and the final version of the song gives me goosebumps every time. I have such a personal connection to it, so personal I can’t really explain it to anyone else, it’s a hidden secret for me, so that’s why it’s my favourite.”
Finally, apart from your own LP, what’s been your favourite album of 2017?
“From 2017, it’s this record called Infinite Games by a band called Zola Blood. I found that record a couple of months ago and I’m obsessed with it, I played it all summer, especially when we were touring Europe.”