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VENUS AND THE MOON’S Albatross

RUINS PRESENTS A HAUNTING NEW MUSICAL COLLABORATION FROM RAIN PHOENIX AND FRALLY HYNES, FEATURING RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, CHRIS STILLS, AND A UNIQUELY FRENCH TWIST.

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enus and the Moon’s Frally Hynes and Rain Phoenix are two prolific singer-songwriters who have no penchant for idle hands, and thrive in spartan settings. Their title track “Albatross” was composed in an empty house on Mulholland Drive. The minimalist Katie Davison-directed video – exclusive to RUINS – was shot in a raw industrial space in downtown Los Angeles. The piece echoes of the intertwinement of emotional engagement, both light and burdensome, often entangled and evolving.

Venus and the Moon was born at a birthday party when, upon meeting, a creative spark born of mutual recognition was ignited between Hynes, who grew up in Australia, and Phoenix, whose childhood harkened back to Venezuela. They began to compose other-worldly siren-like harmonies together, laying down the tracks for “Albatross” and “Hungry Ghost” before embarking on an international tour with Cat Power.

While Phoenix has been performing on notable stages since childhood (at six, she performed with Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Hollywood Bowl), Hynes had a quieter evolution as a pianist and poet, having lived between Nashville and Los Angeles, and recorded her first album in 2010.

With both singers recognizing the bonds they share with their brothers, fathers and past and present paramours, the duo made a conscious decision to expand upon the feminine origin of the band’s concept to create a new album honoring the great men in their life.  Phoenix produced the upcoming album Brother, Son (July 2016) and recorded it on her late brother River’s 4-track, bringing her musical process full circle. The new album will be released in July.

See Venus and the Moon live in Los Angeles at the Hotel Cafe on July 13th, and at the Bootleg Theater on June 15th.