Hearts & Tigers – S/T (2015)

Now I happen to love it if a band has a theme song, singing about how bloody wonderful they are. Hearts & Tigers have such a song. It’s chirpier than an anime theme tune and jollier than a day out at a really good fun fair (not like the ones that actually exist). You’ll be clapping along before you know it.

Such glory is spread across the whole of Hearts & Tigers eponymous album. It’s a pop smash of an album writ large with stunning melodies, breathy performances and big smiles. Basking in emotion; gleeful and lush. Hearts & Tigers often sound like a power pop band playing post-punk tunes, especially on the sublime ‘Number 21’. Take away the dour chap with the baritone singing about loneliness and add Anna Wallis and her beguiling, pop-perfect singing voice.

The voices of Anna (plus Graye Guidotti on backing vocals) are dazzling. Voices of such guileless elan. Voice that soar. Voices that dance.

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The plaintiff ‘All Sailors’ starts the album with a gorgeous sea shanty; sublime melodies and chiming tones.

From the supersonic ‘Sunny The Bully’ to the sweet motorik glide of ‘Funeral’ to the tasty-as-buttercream ‘Write A Will’ this is a relentless display of uplifting pop music.

https://heartsandtigers.bandcamp.com

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