I'll always have a fondness for supergroups, and they don't get much better than Piroshka. Featuring members of Lush, Moose, Elastica, and Modern English, their current singles are seeing them move away from the Britpop sound of their first album, and "V.O." continues that. Written as a tribute to 4AD's in house art director Vaughan Oliver who passed away in 2019, "V.O." combines shoegaze with a little Britpop flair. It's a gorgeous and musically fitting tribute to an artist who has truly touched the overall experience of some of our absolute favorite and most influential records.
Vocalist Miki Berenyi says of the song:
"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.”
You can watch the video for "V.O." below. Love Drips and Gathers is due out July 23 on Bella Union. You can pre-order/pre-save a copy here. For more on Piroshka, check out the band's Facebook and Twitter.