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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What Hearts' New Video and Upcoming Album

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM


This right here is the new video from What Hearts, for "The Morning Crew," a tune from the group's forthcoming debut full-length. What Hearts is due to come out in May (I've heard it; it is great), and it's the followup to their lovely Songs from Marjorie EP. "The Morning Crew" initially sounds like a laidback folk-country number, but it accumulates its own urgency, as well as a sense of mystery that's visualized in the black-and-white video, directed by Leah Brown Swan. I liked this song immediately and I've since grown to love it; its simple, ladder-climbing melody is eloquent and almost disturbingly catchy, and What Hearts—made of Sarah Fennell, Courtney Sheedy, Sophie Vitells, Karin Nystrom, and songwriter Julie Vitells—travel through familiar folk/pop/country/whatever territory while offering something I haven't really heard before.

There's another fine tune available over on What Hearts' site, and they're scheduled to play a new SE venue called the Funhouse Lounge (2432 SE 11th) on Thursday, March 22. Meanwhile, the album release show will take place at Mississippi Studios (3939 N Mississippi) on Sunday, May 20.

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