It’s a rare sight to see a band spring out of nowhere like Hearts Hearts have in 2015. Their wonderful debut album Young seems to have been created off the stages of Vienna’s pulsating musical life and without many public appearances. The band now finds itself signed to Berlin-based label TOMLAB, releasing Young in early December. (04/12/15 Continental EU & 21/01/16 of January all other countries) Hearts Hearts create beautiful, elegiac songs which live at the intersection of classical and contemporary electronic and pop music.
Anchored by David Österle’s yearning voice, their debut album is all about experimentation and observation – literate and sophisticated, but vulnerable, warm and full of surprising choices that create a sense of tension and provocation. Young is a very personal album that does not so much relive the past but points into the unknown future. It puts very high stakes with a very mature songwriting, very contemporary in the stories told and the feelings induced in the larger context of personal politics facing the new societies of the West. What sets Hearts Hearts apart today is their unadulterated sincerity and vision in the intent and sound – it pulls no punches and the quartet has poured its heart (no pun intended) into ten beautiful, fully realized songs. Young is the sound of a band evolving, but also one that has found something to say.