“Purveyor of melodic 90s house/contemporary pop and procurer of emotions” Oyster
“Even Headbangers Get The Blues is a document of pop reverence” The Saturday Paper
“Heralding a more genreless future” PAPER Magazine
“Hearteyes can do no wrong” Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed
Sydney artist Hearteyes the today shares his vulnerable new record, Rock Album. All proceeds of Bandcamp sales will be donated to FreeHer, a fundraiser for incarcerated Aboriginal women on behalf of Sisters Inside Inc. Listen HERE.
Rock Album is MauriceSantiago‘s third release under Hearteyes, following Even Headbangers Get The Blues and last year’s Joyride The Stars mixtape. Where Headbangers and Joyride were spawned from restless frustration to suggest ‘genre-less is the future’, Rock Album reflect’s Santiago’s transition from producer to artist with clarity and confidence, asking what ‘guitar music’ truly is and means.
Noting the cathartic release of the record, Hearteyes shares: “Everything I write about is deeply personal; with the past two project I tried to dilute a lot of the storytelling with formulaic pop writing tropes, like repeating phrases and creating hooks, but I still felt so dissatisfied. ‘Rock Album’ is where I have finally mustered the courage to put everything out there and felt comfortable doing so.”
The fourteen tracks of Rock Album travel across multiple situations and perspectives. At its core remains the idea of turning to escapism to cope when struggling with mental illness, and especially right now, when even reality does not feel lucid. The production throughout the LP echoes those sentiments of waking up to feelings of fear, hopelessness and dread, most notably realised on ‘when i grow up‘, a Garbage cover shared by the band on Facebook.
Instrumentation is as integral as the lyrics in Rock Album’s storytelling, referencing the pop rock of Skye Ferreira and shapeshifting ability of The 1975 on ‘drunk on the roof‘ and latest single ‘there’s something going on‘; the lo-fi hip-hop world of Brockhampton, indicative of Santiago’s work as a beat-maker on ‘gold links‘ and ‘darker shades of blue‘; the Rina Sawayama-esque nods to playing in hardcore bands as a teenager on ‘getting over gut feelings‘; or the hard-fast electro of Charli XCX and warehouse raves with ‘ny superstar‘ and ‘antisocial‘. Hearteyes marries it all on Rock Album with considered production, auto-tune and for the first time, acoustic guitars.
Rock Album by Hearteyes is out now, buy/stream it here.