Dark electro-pop isn’t exactly new territory for PVRIS, but the heady mix of electronic licks and club dancefloor beats that’s woven through ‘Hallucinations’ quite clearly marks the start of a new era for the band. The five-track EP sees the trio become even slicker, more confident, with each of its tracks pulsating with an energy that somehow acts both restrained and explosive. While their previous two albums saw them sit proudly in a much more ‘alternative’ bracket, it’s clear that - thanks to contributions from the likes of Marshmello and JT Daly, among others - the band are surely going to be major mainstream chart-botherers from now on. Even the more delicate, piano-led ‘Things Are Better’ manages to sparkle with synths and hints of auto-tune, before the crunchy throbs of ‘Old Wounds’ provides a dizzying close to their newest offering. An intensely gratifying segue-way between the band’s past and present, whatever comes next from the three-piece is sure to be their boldest move yet.
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