“V.O.” By Piroshka

Piroshka, release their new album Love Drips And Gathers on July 23rd via Bella Union. Ahead of the release, the group have share a video for their new single “V.O.”

The track is a tribute to Vaughan Oliver, 4AD’s legendary in-house art director who died in late 2019, Piroshka vocalist Miki Berenyi says: “I wrote this originally as an instrumental but the rest of the band convinced me to put a vocal on it. The lyrics are snapshot snippets of Vaughan Oliver’s funeral in January 2020 – lines from the speeches, fleeting impressions of the day. I’m getting to the age where the people I grew up with are dying and I find funerals a comfort in the sadness, formal but emotional, a celebration of a life, a space for the living to reconnect.” The video, directed by Connor Kinsey / Home Picture Films, can be viewed HERE.

Connor Kinsey adds: “We wanted to put this ominous-being centre frame and allow the viewer to reflect on fear and loss whilst also embracing hope and futurity through its life experiences. Giving the subject no recognisable features meant that it’s emotional journey through the different timelines felt more relatable to a wider audience.”

“If Brickbat was our Britpop album, then Love Drips And Gathers is shoegaze!” reckons vocalist/guitarist Miki Berenyi, formerly of Lush, a band that effortlessly bridged the two genres like no other. “It wasn’t intentional; we just wanted a different focus. I’ve always seen debut albums as capturing a band’s first moments, when you really have momentum, and then the second album is the chance for a more thoughtful approach.”

Bassist Mick Conroy (Modern English) agrees: “Brickbat was a classic first album; noisy and raucous. On Love Drips And Gathers, we’ve calmed down and explored sounds, and space.”

To recap, before Miki and KJ ‘Moose’ McKillop were a couple (and parents), they were pivotal figures on the London-centric ’90s indie scene. Likewise, Elastica, whose drummer Justin Welch was part of Lush’s 2017 reunion, and Mick had played for both Moose and, on their last ever gig, Lush.

As Lush Mark II came to an end, Justin persuaded Miki (who’d abandoned music when Lush first split in 1997) to start another band, Piroshka, which in turn reignited Moose’s own long-dormant ambitions. While Justin and Miki were the dominant influence on Brickbat, this time Moose and Mick were given greater control over the production, with invaluable assistance from Bella Union’s in-house engineer Iggy.

Framed by Mellotron, cello and piano, “The Knife-Thrower’s Daughter” emphatically proves Piroshka can be restrained without losing any essence of drama, the calm before the euphoria pure-pop storm of “Scratching At The Lid”. The words ‘ethereal’ and ‘shimmering’ were surely invented for the likes of “Loveable”, but the uncanny DNA of “V.O.” is less categorizable, a Bond theme in the making with electro-gliding beats, perhaps? “Wanderlust” and “Echoloco” might be described as Francophile cousins of Lush before the haunting lullaby of “Familiar” segues into the pulsing, rippling instrumental finale “We Told You”, more ’80s synth drama than ’90s indie, with vocal samples played on what Moose calls, “the Miki-tron.”

Love Drips And Gathers, named after a line in a Dylan Thomas poem, was inspired by love, family, belonging and memory. Miki and Moose split the eight lyrics, with some poignant overlaps here too. Miki’s “Loveable” looks to Moose, Moose’s “The Knife-Thrower’s Daughter” looks to Miki, but also their daughter Stella and his sister Anna, an empathic, touching embrace of the women in his life.

Staying within the family, Moose eulogizes his late mother (the idyllic childhood seaside trip of ‘Hastings 1973’) and father (the more conflicted ‘Scratching At The Lid’). On “V.O.”, Miki pays fond tribute to Vaughan Oliver, 4AD’s legendary in-house art director who died suddenly in December 2019, and who had a particularly close relationship with Lush during their time on the label (like Brickbat, Love Drips And Gathers’ beautiful and enigmatic artwork is by Vaughan’s former design partner Chris Bigg).

Love Drips And Gathers’ nine tracks will each have its own video (all to be made by Connor Kinsey), with a continuing thread that will eventually create one story. Piroshka’s own story is rooted in family, both those you’re born with and those (friends) you choose.

Piroshka
UK Tour Dates:

11/2/2021 – Brighton – Chalk
11/3/2021 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
11/5/2021 – Manchester – Deaf Institute
11/6/2021 – London – Garage
11/7/2021 – Guildford – The Boileroom

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