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Venus in Leo

by HTRK

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    releases August 30, 2019

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    - Standard weight vinyl housed in matte gatefold jacket with lyrics.
    - Sage green in clear vinyl is limited to 700 units worldwide.
    - Artwork & design by JCS

    Includes digital pre-order of Venus in Leo. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    - Standard weight vinyl housed in matte gatefold jacket with lyrics.
    - Sage green in clear vinyl is limited to 700 units worldwide.
    - Artwork & design by JCS

    Includes digital pre-order of Venus in Leo. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around August 30, 2019
    Purchasable with gift card

      $21 USD or more 

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    - Standard weight vinyl housed in matte gatefold jacket with lyrics.
    - Artwork & design by JCS

    Includes digital pre-order of Venus in Leo. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around August 30, 2019
    Purchasable with gift card

      $19 USD or more 

    You own this  

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    - Standard weight vinyl housed in matte gatefold jacket with lyrics.
    - Artwork & design by JCS

    Includes digital pre-order of Venus in Leo. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around August 30, 2019
    Purchasable with gift card

      $20 USD or more 

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    - CD is packaged in matte finish 6-panel digipak.
    - Artwork & design by JCS

    Includes digital pre-order of Venus in Leo. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around August 30, 2019
    Purchasable with gift card

      $12 USD or more 

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    - CD is packaged in matte finish 6-panel digipak.
    - Artwork & design by JCS

    Includes digital pre-order of Venus in Leo. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around August 30, 2019
    Purchasable with gift card

      $12 USD or more 

    You own this  

     

1.
Into the Drama
2.
06:22
3.
Venus in Leo
4.
5.
Dream Symbol
6.
Hit 'Em Wit Da Hee
7.
8.
New Year's Day
9.
New Year's Eve

about

The fourth album from HTRK, the duo of Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang, arrives five years on from 2014's Psychic 9-5 Club. While some much-loved HTRK hallmarks remain—the combination of space and intimacy, the unmistakable interplay between Yang's guitars and Standish's vocals—Venus in Leo differs markedly in its energy, returning to HTRK’s underground rock past with the stylistic playfulness and variety of a modern mixtape.

Over the soft strums of acoustic guitar, the album’s introduction, “Into the Drama,” posits a theory that “what was once considered self-sabotage could be revisited as being under the influence of Venus in Leo,” Standish explains. Fingerpicked guitar loops rise slowly and fall over a cold, brittle beat. Previously released lovesong “Mentions” finds Standish exploring the lack of physical intimacy in the social media age. Elsewhere, there are emotional highs, like on the kaleidoscopic single “You Know How to Make Me Happy,” which details a suspended state of ecstasy, Standish commending her partner’s conscious efforts to prop her up with compliments. “New Year’s Day” traces a flimsy resolution to get healthier, instantly busted by an evening of debauchery, recalling “the worst possible start to the year with bad friends and bad behavior.” The silver lining is the sunrise: “pink, red, orange, white, peach” Standish repeats as the track laps with a velvety, hypnotic refrain.

Archetypal themes emerge as the band explore the makings of personality. Standish revisits her childhood home in a recurring dream (“Dream Symbol”), a doomed first kiss (“New Year’s Eve”) and high drama (“Venus in Leo”). Recorded more or less live in HTRK’s home studio in the Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne, the album’s simple production reveals gorgeous, toned-back arrangements and an evolving, idiosyncratic songcraft.

It's been ten years since HTRK released their breakthrough first album, Marry Me Tonight. The band has undergone profound changes, with the first two albums released amid the deaths of close friend and collaborator Rowland S. Howard and HTRK co-founder Sean Stewart. Psychic 9-5 Club set them on a path of self-discovery, and Venus in Leo marks a spirited new chapter by one of the most distinctive bands of the past decade.

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releases August 30, 2019

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