Vienna electronic, experimental rock pop act Hearts Hearts are proud to announce their sophomore album ‘Goods/Gods’, set to be released on the 20th April via Tomlab Records. Watch the title track here
Produced by mastermind Peter Paul Aufreiter, the new album conjures a mix of anguish and ecstasy, whether it’s the funky falsetto of ‘Sugar / Money’, or digital monster ballad ‘Do You Often Think About’. Taking inspiration from the left field pop productions of Bon Iver,Jamie XX, and Son Lux, they skew addictive hooks into drippy song chambers, littering them with lucid samples and cybernetic production licks.
It was during the release of their debut album ‘Young’ that, independently of each other, Peter Paul Aufreiter and Johannes Mandorfer sent sound snippets over to Hearts Hearts’ singer David Österle. Within the same hour, he’d received an aggressive jazzy piano loop, ‘Phantom’, and an electronic drum take recorded overseas in ‘Island’ (the German word for the country of Iceland). Österle frantically began attempting to put these disparate pieces together; to synchronize what was never meant to be unified.
The band‘s widened approach to disparate musical genres became the key element in the creation of eleven new songs, and the release of single ‘Phantom / Island’ received critical validation in the UK, with airplay from BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens and Radio X’s Jon Kennedy. Hearts Hearts have cracked and evolved their electronic ballads and downbeat pop into something far more sonically expansive and emotionally soulful, driven by higher energy and a growing array of influences.
‘Goods / Gods’ takes its inspiration from those in between spaces and undefined borderlines in meaning, symbolized by the slash in every title on the album. Hearts Hearts explore emotional and moral ambiguities on the record, taking aim at the ineffectiveness of the dichotomies and borderlines that define modern society, preferring to “think in options”. The group sees the diagonal line of the slash symbol as representing an openness and flexibility in meaning- in similarity as much as difference.
This ultra-intelligent pop band have found their true voice. Somewhere between happiness and sadness, energy and lethargy, electronica and rock – that’s where you’ll find Hearts Hearts.
1. Phantom / Island
2. Goods / Gods
3. To Have / To Be
4. + / –
5. I Was There / No-one Came
6. Do You Often Think About /
7. Sugar / Money
8. Imagine / Many Lives
9. Take / Care
10. I / O
11. Present / Tense