Inside our minds
Leave all behind
Emerging from the White Stone City of Moscow, Life On Venus channels the ethereal majesty of shoegaze greats like the Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, and My Bloody Valentine in their latest album, “Homewards.” Released through Automatic Music, this dream-pop trio weaves a spellbinding blend of the dramatic and the joyous, harking back to the reverb-laden, expansive soundscapes characteristic of the genre’s pioneers. Their music is a rich tapestry of vast guitar layers and gauzy vocals, each song delving into a range of emotions and experiences. The album Homewards as a whole navigates themes of youthful defiance, the beauty and transience of relationships, the complexities of solitude and introspection, and the deep connections forged in the midst of life’s uncertainties. It’s a cosmic journey that speaks to the essence of the human experience, echoing an installer voyage toward self-discovery and acceptance in the wake of intense emotion and sorrow
The LP begins and ends with beautifully crafted instrumentals, setting the stage for a deeply moving auditory expedition. At its core, the collection of songs shines through its poignant lyrics. Its opening track, You Will Be There, takes the lead, poetically embracing the unknown and weaving a sense of comfort in companionship. It invites listeners on an adventure, instilling trust and solace in our fellow traveler. Together, we step fearlessly into the unknown, buoyed by the spirit of exploration and the reassuring presence of our companion.
Camera Obscura delves into the human experience, touching on the complexities of isolation, the importance of connection, and the strength found in resilience. The song conveys a powerful message: to embrace life to its fullest, even amid uncertainties. It encourages listeners to release the grip of sorrow, highlighting the transformative power of facing life’s challenges with an open heart and a resilient spirit.
Speak To The Moon offers a contemplative journey into the heart of solitude, celebrating its peace. The song beautifully captures the weight of memories and regrets that we carry, yet finds solace in the unchanging presence of a never-ending night. Its imagery of speaking to the moon with closed eyes evokes a profound sense of introspection and a deep, almost spiritual connection with the self and the cosmos. This introspective piece skillfully contrasts the feelings of distance from familiar grounds with a profound sense of completeness and self-acceptance. Summer captures a feeling of escapism and nostalgia, focusing on a journey through silent nights and above the clouds.
Melancholic introspection permeates Deep Inside through the subjects of memory and loss. The lyrics describe a moment frozen in time, highlighting a connection that feels simultaneously close and distant. There’s a recurring theme of navigating through fog and rain, symbolizing confusion and emotional turbulence, yet also a call for companionship and mutual support in facing the unknown. Impermanence in a rapidly changing world is discussed in Stranger Times, urging a shielding from overwhelming realities and the rejection of lies. The song captures a sense of being adrift in the vast expanse of space and time, with a poignant awareness of the fleeting nature of existence. It also touches on the anxiety of potential loss and the comforting harmony found in shared spirits.
Somewhere In Between Us eloquently captures the fleeting yet powerful essence of life and the relationships within it. The song portrays a journey without a specific path, emphasizing the importance of embracing the experience as a whole, rather than focusing solely on the endpoint. Forever Young vividly encapsulates the essence of youth, characterized by a rebellious spirit and an unquenchable thirst for achieving dreams. It’s an anthem of living life luminously and without regrets, truly embodying the spirited and relentless chase of our deepest ambitions. It is a celebration of youthfulnes as a state of mind.
Домой (Home) is a poetic and emotive song performed in the band’s native tongue that intertwines the natural progression of the seasons with deep emotional experiences. It paints a vivid picture of spring’s arrival, thoughts carried by warm winds, and the transition from day to night. The lyrics metaphorically depict a deep connection with a loved one and a surrender to a dream-like state. The transition from a starlit night to dawn symbolizes a return to reality, blending a sense of longing with the beauty of nature’s continuous change. This song captures the essence of emotional depth and the rhythm of the natural world, culminating in an awakening at daybreak.
Listen to Life On Venus’ Homewards below, and order the album here.
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