Venus Hour: Automatic Release New Single

Photo By Logan White

Automatic – the trio of Izzy Glaudini (synths, lead vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon-Gaines (bass) – release “Venus Hour” from their new album Excess. 

“Venus Hour” is the second single from Automatic’s forthcoming album Excess. Automatic’s Izzy Glaudini originally wrote “Venus Hour” as an ode to “psycho-feminine energy”. The song is “about whatever it is inside you that makes you want to do that thing that isn’t logical, or safe.”

“Venus Hour” imagines desire as a double-edged sword, an impulse that can result in addiction. Excess rides the imaginary edge where the 1970s underground met the corporate culture of the 1980s – or, as the band puts it, “That fleeting moment when what was once cool quickly turned and became mainstream, all for the sake of consumerism.” Though the album grapples with contemporary concerns – the exodus of the super rich from an uninhabitable Earth, the precarity of the art life, Gen Z inheriting the planet at the eleventh hour – the album’s final message is one of solidarity rather than despair. 

The “Venus Hour” video directed by Sylvie Lake also slips between the decades, with each member of the band representing a female character from a different era: 1930s (Izzy), 1960s (Lola) and 1990s (Halle) – all seen through distortion and mirror images. Inspiration came from Thoroughly Modern Millie (Lola), Peewee’s Playhouse on VHS (Halle), and The Tales of Hoffmann (Izzy). The video was shot in iconic Californian locations: Izzy dances with two sculptures at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Lola is shown at Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in L.A., and Halle walks through the Niki De Saint Phalle sculpture garden. 

UK & EUROPE

May 28 UK London Wide Awake
May 29 UK Manchester YES
May 30 UK Leeds Headrow House
May 31 UK Brighton Green Door Store
June 1 FR Lille L’Aéronef
June 2 FR Paris L’international
June 3 FR Angers Levitation
June 4 ES Barcelona Primavera
June 5 ES Barcelona Primavera
June 8 IT Ravenna Beaches Brew
June 9 CH Neuchatel Festineuch
June 10 CH Aarau Kiff
June 11 DE Mannheim Maifeld Derbi
June 12 NL Hilvarenbeek Best Kept Secret
June 13 NL Amsterdam Bitterzoet
June 14 NL Nijmegen Merleyn
June 15 DE Berlin UFO Sound Studios
June 16 DE Koln Bumann & Sohn
June 17 BE Charleroi Fete De La Musique 
June 18 NL Den Haag Grauzone

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