Divine Astronaut bravely step out into a dark and uncertain world on their new video for the single Whither — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
The latest preview of their forthcoming debut album Made Not in Berlin, the dreamy albeit somber Whither finds the rapidly rising electronic duo championing the importance of maintaining equilibrium and perspective amid the tumult of life’s journey.
The music video, lead singer Livvy Holland explains, “Exposes a girl longing for a life of freedom, rather than to live voyeuristically, surveying others, and dreaming from amid the shadows. To dance like no one’s watching. To step into the light.”
Livvy continues, “The video glitches between both worlds, especially in the darkness, and begs the question – might our demons only be as real as we make them? Are we truly restrained to our shadow? What’s real? The story I tell myself that keeps me confined or the external, the world outside my mind.”
The followup to their darkly powerful debut single Undone, Whither was also written with another meaning in mind, she says. “The song took different forms and I realized it was a prayer of sorts to connect to sound — to the emotional hymns of others and those from within. The lyric ‘The lover soul, get this whither map the way to your shore, the thing if I could learn to celebrate the goals for a while’ inspired the whole tune and vibe.”
Divine Astronaut are an electronic group built around Holland and producer/multi instrumentalist Moonhead. Given their handle and the pair’s constant travels, it’s only fitting that Divine Astronaut came into being more than 35,000 feet somewhere over Europe, as Moonhead lamented the absence of electronic acts from the ’90s in the current musical soundscape. With Holland in agreement, the duo vowed to start an electronic act — and upon landing in Eastern Europe started work on their debut album.
The duo describe their sound as night-time music — downtempo alternative electronica with trip-hop and industrial elements. Their sound is influenced by a wide range of producers, bands and singers. Moonhead has said that Trevor Horn and BT have been guiding lights, along with artists such as Portishead, Björk, Enigma, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead.