The Wandering Hearts
The Wandering Hearts
A Flawless Collection, Echoing Summers Past, Yet Promising Memories Still to Be Made.
The Wandering Hearts first burst onto the Americana scene in 2017 with a lot of promise and plenty of critical acclaim. An English 4 piece band, who got together for a chat about their favourite music; who then went on to put some songs on SoundCloud.
Within a month they had a deal with Decca, who released their debut LP, Wild Silence the following year.
After doing the obligatory festival rounds they traveled to the US, appearing at both the Ryman and the Grand Ole Opry in the same week; which is mind blowing when you think about; but ‘talent will out’.
This, their follow-up is eponymously named, and much like the first carries on the harmonious influences of Fleetwood Mac, This Is the Kit , Mamas and the Papas, even echoing the Seekers here and there too.
Now a trio since the departure of Tim Prottey-Jones, the sound remains the same delightful blend of pop, Country and 60’s Laurel Canyon ‘type’ vocal groups; with A.J. Deans baritone vocal contrasting the harmonics of Francesca Whiffin and Tara Wilcox.
Opening the album is Hammer Falls, which has a strong Fleetwood Mac ‘Tusk’ vibe; until it opens up into the ‘ear-worm’ chorus.
Over your Body keeps the mood going and then Build a Fire, explodes with a raucous sing along, clap along melody, which seems to come from the Western end of Country and Western.
I Feel it Too is a gentle Folky tune highlighting the album’s clean and polished production values; which are never over done to the point it becomes product; just crisp enough to present the songs and artists in their best light.
Credit to Simone Felice and David Baron for excellent work here.
Dolores is a heartbreaking love song, about Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan; to some degree in the style of the Cranberries themselves.
“Everyone’s fighting a battle you know nothing about”
it’s a gentle lament; most tenderly sung.
Dreams is a dark Country Pop number reminiscent of the Everly Brothers or maybe even Richard Hawley; and
A.J. again takes the lead for the densely moody ballad Tell Me When I Wake Up.
As we approach the end, On Our Way Now is another big exuberant number that lifts your heart and makes you long for Summer Festivals, where this would surely be an end of show belter.
Stardust with the 3 voices blending beautifully is another crowd pleaser which makes me long to see The Wandering Hearts play live.
Eventually Lullaby, gently closes the album; and certainly leaves you wanting more.
Sitting here listening again on a very sunny and sultry day; these songs sound like they belong on a Festival stage sung live and, all in all this will be the soundtrack of the Summer in my house,
Released July 30th 2021
Review by Tom G.
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