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HOTT MT Premiere Innovative Video for “Angel”

One day after releasing their pristine new full-length Earth On Heaven, LA-based ethereal rock outfit,HOTT MT, premiered the video for the album’s lead single “Angel” today with LA Record. From the moment the organs and 80’s influenced synths of “Angel” kick in, the listener is transported to another world. Equal parts otherworldly and contemporary pop, “Angel” is a perfect example of the band’s ability to create challenging pop songs that simultaneously defy convention and fall serenely upon the ear. “Angel” is based off a book that Spooky’s grandfather wrote. He was a Rosicrucian and Anglican priest who wrote about spiritual psychic phenomena. Sonically, it holds to the mystical nature of the song’s topic.

For the “Angel” video, the band made use of their diverse artistic repertoire – shooting, directing and editing the video themselves, as well as, constructing an innovative spinning set. “Angel” was shot at Non Plus Ultra, the nonprofit collective of artists and friends that the band – Ashi and Spooky – have run in Los Angeles since 2013. The band had this to say about the video.

Spooky and Ashi about the “Angel” Video:

“We wanted the set to characterize the duality we talk about in the song. My prayer in the bridge is a wish to be one, and to have no more problems, but the set and the song suggest that real wholeness comes from the unity of duality, not the separation. The pillars are three sided, with black and white faces, but the third face is a landscape, a combination of values. Spooky and I are two, but we use the same amp and that amp also supports Tapey, the third figure. I have a blue dress and red strap, Spooky has a red suit and a blue strap. The song is a naive longing of flesh for spirit, but the environment of the video suggests that the answer to the longing is in unity, not in discarding what you think is bad.”

WATCH: “Angel” (Official Video)

LISTEN: Earth On Heaven Full-Length (On Spotify)

BUY: Earth On Heaven (Full-Length)

Earth on Heaven is intimate and succinct. Recorded within a strict time frame and a roster of just two,Earth on Heaven is a product of the stream of consciousness between two people who have built a bond with each other. Initially written on an iPad while Spooky was on tour with Morgan Delt in Europe, Earth on Heaven was recorded in one week at Spooky’s Grandparent’s house on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. The house was vacant and about to be sold, but was still filled with family photos and artifacts from Spooky’s childhood. Spooky and Ashi isolated themselves among the nostalgia, and rarely left the property for the length of the recording.

The ambiance of the location can be heard throughout the album, as many of the vocal and percussive takes were tracked outside on the beach that bordered the house. The crashing of waves, and seagulls can be heard on several songs. The result is a time capsule of a place and time that are no longer accessible. But that space and time may have been a fantasy to begin with.

You can purchase Earth On Heaven now on Doom Trip Records.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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