Speaking on the record, Santiago shares: “I’m continuing to perpetuate the notion that genre is redundant going forward – hence the title ‘Rock Album’ being tongue-in-cheek, rather than matter of fact. The sound is more concentrated and focussed, and lends itself to ‘rock music’ but there will always be my standard tropes of lofi, leftfield and off-kilter production that subverts typical conventions of rock music/indie. If I can get people arguing “this isn’t rock music”, I’ve done my job.”
Referencing the pop rock of Skye Ferreira and shapeshifting ability of The 1975 on ‘Drunk On The Roof‘, the sonic footnotes of Rock Album do not stop there, marking the entangled scenes of the Sydney music community. Whether it is referencing the lo-fi hip-hop world of Brockhampton, indicative of his work as a beat-maker; the Rina Sawayama-esque nods to playing in hardcore bands as a teenager; or the hard-fast electro of Charli XCX and warehouse raves. Hearteyes marries it all with considered production, auto-tune and for the first time, acoustic guitars.
‘Drunk On The Roof‘ by Hearteyes is out now, buy/stream it here.