Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum.

Nashville may not be known for dance and electronic music, but that doesn't seem to pose a problem for Nashville-based trio Venus Hum. Led by the vocally gifted and wonderfully named Annette Strean (imagine Björk reprising Julie Andrews' role in The Sound of Music), Venus Hum delivers a solid debut that seamlessly bridges the gap between '80s-era synth-pop and today's electronic-pop. While other acts have also accomplished this feat, Venus Hum does it with much heart, soul, and emotion (refer back to the Björk/Julie Andrews reference). Lead single "Hummingbirds" finds Strean's acrobatic vocals twisting and turning atop a melancholic, computer-generated foundation created by bandmates Tony Miracle and Kip Kubin. Elsewhere, Strean's voice carries the disco-lashed "Montana," the Erasure-inflected "Soul Sloshing," the ambient "Wordless May," and the euphoric "The Bells." This is one band to keep a serious eye on.—MP