Artist: Venus Hum
Label: Mono Fi
Musicians: Kip Kubin – Computers & Electronics, Tony Miracle – Computers & Electronics, Annette Strean – Vocals
Venus Hum is an electronic pop music group from Nashville, Tennessee, consisting of vocalist Annette Strean and multi-instrumentalists Kip Kubin and Tony Miracle. Miracle has a rare heart condition which results in perpetually hearing his own heartbeat in his ears. This condition is known as “venous hum”, from which the group’s name is derived.
Their first full-length album, titled Venus Hum, was released in 2001. Big Beautiful Sky was released two years later. Also in 2003, Venus Hum toured with and opened for Blue Man Group, with Annette providing vocals on “I Feel Love”. (Editor’s note = This is a must see).
After their collaboration with J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Mission: Impossible III), and their subsequent creation of the EP Songs for Superheroes, it was uncertain whether Venus Hum would release any new material. Annette had developed painful vocal fold nodules and needed a speech pathologist to relearn her singing ability. Kip diversified, furthering his interest in filmmaking, becoming a director of music videos, electronic press kits and special features. Tony traveled, living in Los Angeles and Cincinnati and releasing an experimental solo album under the moniker “Satellite City”.
After a two-year hiatus, the group reorganized and released a new album, The Colors In The Wheel on July 25, 2006 under the Mono-Fi Records label, which they described as “unconventional, three-dimensional and completely five-sensual” featuring an edgier sound than their previous work.
In the second half of 2008, the band returned to the studio to work on material for a new album, culminating in the October 6th, 2009 release of Mechanics & Mathematics.
Hummingbirds is an EP they released in 2002
- “Hummingbirds” – Obviously the title track. I like the general feel of this track, but there seem to be some sound issues such as clipping distortion
- Alice – There is a bit less going on here, but the vocals are more showcased.
- “Run Annie Run” – This track is more dance sounding, but not real dynamic and not the best use of Annette’s voice.
- “Illumine” – In this track electronics meets a bit of new age.
Here’s a video of I Feel Love: (I know it is not on this album, but….