With the long standing past of TOMLAB releases from North American based artists it's a rare sight to see a band from Vienna, Austria in our roster - seemingly springing out of nowhere - yet with a rhizomatic network of side projects in music and art away from my current radar that is usually pointing on the other side of the ocean.
Now, HEARTS HEARTS will be releasing their first wonderful album Young towards the end of the year (Dec 04 for continental EU, Jan 21 for all other countries). The band formed around charismatic lead singer David Österle is composed of 4 members with Daniel Hämmerle on guitar, Johannes Mandorfer on percussion and Peter Paul Aufreiter on bass and electronics.
The album has catched me completely by surprise: Young 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. HEARTS HEARTS have managed to produce a very personal album that does not so much relive the past but points into the unknown future. And please be prepared that this won't sound like Wiener Schmäh - Young is an album from within an international creative community with strong links to musical forebearers that do sound very English by nature.