Astrology's hot in 2019. 'Venus In Leo' is the fourth album from HTRK, the minimal electronic duo. Theirs is a sound that is finds an intense sadness in mundanity, that is communicated with minimal beats now freed from their noisy shells. As a Leo, I should probably have something to say about the album title. Unfortunately I know literally nothing about astrology.
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I’ve totally hammered the promo of this album to the point I think it’s forever etched in my mind for all of eternity. It is easily my most played album so far this year. The moment has come that I’ve been absolutely dreading i.e writing about it. I get the fear just thinking about what to type without sounding like a little dweeb. How can words on a webpage do it justice?
HTRK’s music just melts me and has done since the beginning when I first heard ‘Nostalgia’. I’m not even entirely sure why their music resonates with me… I’ve developed such a soft spot for their sound that I’ve basically become a quivering mass of wibbling jelly just listening to ‘Venus In Leo’. Tune after tune of practically perfect, subtly melodic, infectious, melancholic, nocturnal pop music. The way the album flows and develops is spellbinding; each tune totally different but with a similar essence running through that makes each feel like a subtle permutation of what came before. Jonnine Standish’s often minimal, introverted lyrics deal with themes of obsession, jealousy, self-deprecation, longing, desire and come with a quietly powerful delivery where the repetition of a simple phrase becomes thought-provoking and profound. Elegant, spectral, ethereal pop music doesn’t get any better than this.
I’m 100% smitten with this album, so if the office goons don’t award it album of the week then heads are gonna roll. I can’t freakin’ wait to see them play in Salford. Highly recommended.
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