When we catch up with Lyndsey Gunnulfsen - also known by her stage name Lynn Gunn - the musician and chief voice behind PVRIS is preparing for a studio session with an undisclosed collaborator: one in a long line of creative workshops that are either directly or indirectly influencing her forthcoming fourth album under the name. Recent sessions include working alongside Doja Cat producer Y2K and the genre-shifting Matias Mora, and she’s been taking inspiration from the free-flowing nature of hyperpop too. It’s here, Lyndsey notes, where the real risks are being taken.
“I think the resurgence that’s happening in pop-punk right now is the catalyst for me to refuse to do that,” she laughs, taking a further step away from the scene that PVRIS first called home. “When it was coming back, and with artists like Machine Gun Kelly and Willow pushing to do this avant garde style of it, that’s when I put the pedal to the metal and decided I wanted to do something very different.
“I took a pause and thought about what I wanted to do moving forward; if I was stuck and if I wanted to break free of that, and what each of those things would look like,” she continues. “I told myself, this time there’s no hesitation as far as pushing the sound. Just make whatever feels the most exciting and most inspiring, and don’t compromise on that.”
“I think the resurgence that’s happening in pop-punk right now is the catalyst for me to refuse to do that.”
— Lyndsey Gunnulfsen
Lyndsey describes the next record as a new chapter for PVRIS. Having parted ways with previous record label Warner following a few turbulent years, the album is being released by alternative stalwarts Hopeless Records - a move that has allowed her the creative freedom she was searching for.
It’s evident in the duality of lead singles ‘Animal’ and ‘Anywhere But Here’: the first an aggressive evolution of PVRIS’ heavier sound, and the second a rousing blend of electronics and R&B. “I felt like it was important to showcase both sides in this release. I really want to emphasise that there’s a lot of range and dynamics to what PVRIS can do,” Lyndsey reveals.
“I feel like there’s a bit more levity to it, a bit more joy and humour, but it’s still very real and self-aware. There are subdimensions that were missing in the past that are connected with it now. There’s this reach to seize the day as much as you can that’s been injected into it; this need for speed, need for joy, and need for fun. I think a lot of people can connect to that right now.”
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