Venus In Leo arrives five years on from 2014's Psychic 9-5 Club. While the HTRK hallmarks remain—the combination of space and intimacy, the interplay between Yang's guitars and Standish's vocals—the album differs in its energy, returning to HTRK’s underground rock past with the stylistic playfulness and variety of a modern mixtape. It was recorded more or less live in HTRK’s home studio in the Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne, Australia.
Conceptually, it sees the duo exploring 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”). We're told that the album’s "simple production reveals gorgeous, toned-back arrangements and an evolving, idiosyncratic songcraft."
It's been 10 years since HTRK released their breakthrough first album, Marry Me Tonight. Since then, they've 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," the label explains.
Venus In Leo LP is out August 30, with "You Know How to Make Me Happy" streaming in full below and pre-order here.
01. Into the Drama
03. Venus in Leo
04. You Know How to Make Me Happy
05. Dream Symbol
06. Hit ‘Em Wit Da Hee
07. Dying of Jealousy
08. New Year’s Day
09. New Year’s Eve