For Brooklyn-based quintet HAERTS, the most enchanting feature of New
York is the way the city buzzes with endless possibilities. Countless rooftops
showcase the glittering Hudson river beneath skylines etched into the sunset’s
orange glow; sweaty clubs and dank speakeasies blend myriad nights into one
unforgettable sensation. Possibility also serves as the driving creative force
behind the group, whose members hail from Germany, England and the United
States. The radiant synth-pop of their youth melds with the folk tendencies of
founding members Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert’s early efforts. Each song is treated
as its own beast, though Fabi’s urgent vocals provide a consistent emotional grip.
The decor inside Williamsburg’s Rola Pola Studios—where the band recorded its
forthcoming debut LP—is as charmingly eccentric as the surrounding metropolis.
Walls are plastered with maps from a bygone decade, giant foam-filled cardboard
letters act as sound buffers and stacks of gear are draped in vintage tapestries.
A single feather hangs from the ceiling in the practice room where they guzzle
shots of espresso and wrestle gleefully on a worn-out sofa just hours before
embarking on a series of North American tours, including upcoming dates with
Washed Out. Above watch HAERTS perform their new single, “Heart” and talk writing process, spontaneity and spirit animals.
letters by Frances Cappell