Pavo Pavo is an experimental pop band from Brooklyn, NY. Their debut fulllength record, Young Narrator in the Breakers, will be released on Bella Union in November 2016. The band started writing together while studying music at Yale, and since then its members have worked closely with indie and classical heavyweights such as Here We Go Magic, John Zorn, Dave Longstreth, Porches, Olga Bell, Lucius, Roomful of Teeth, and San Fermin. Hailed as “weightless pop music that sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future” (Stereogum), Pavo Pavo is a mind meld of five musicians with a shared vision for creating new, expressive worlds of sound while using meticulous ears to evoke the feeling of bygone eras.
Beneath the colors, expressive harmonic changes, and focused melodies of Pavo Pavo’s music are unapologetic moments of risk and heartbreak. The New York Times wrote of their first public performance: “we were experiencing something special, that these young musicians definitely have the magic.”
Pavo Pavo is Eliza Bagg on synthesizers and voice, Oliver Hill on guitars, synthesizers, and voice, Nolan Green on guitars and voice, Austin Vaughn on drums, and Ian Romer on bass. The group borrows its name from the southern constellation, Pavo, Latin for peacock – an elegant and spectacular link of cosmic dust.
Pavo Pavo’s music moves with symphonic elegance. Guitar stabs, washed out harmonies, and rumbling synthesizers come and go like guests at a party. The music on Young Narrator in the Breakers describes the magic and panic of adult life; a breaker is that wave whose potential energy is being transformed into turbulent kinetic energy. Co-produced by Danny Molad (Lucius) and Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds, Apollo Sunshine), it is a romantic record in the tradition of Elephant 6 and a cohesive record in the tradition of Grizzly Bear.