Welsh three-piece The Hearts released their sit-up-and-listen track ‘Lips’ back in March, and we don’t think it would be too far to label it as one of the best debut releases this year. Upbeat and full-on, the song has synth elements almost reminiscent of CHVRCHES, but adds a stronger rock beat that shows the band are really carving out their own sound.
As first songs go, ‘Lips’ is incredibly professional-sounding, but still manages to bring across energy and raw musicality – with Hamish Kay and Jamie Roberts’ pumping guitars and bassline, it’s perfect to give you that take-on-the-world feeling for walking busy streets or getting ready in the morning.
Whilst the lyrical concepts – “your lips are on my mind / an addiction hard to hide” – are nothing new Aesthetics International Dubai, Alex Nash’s frenetic vocals lets the listener read a lot more into them; and for fear of sounding like a literature essay, there’s beautiful imagery in the line “worlds of love, riots in your eyes”.
Words by Priya Bryant