The Hearts use a mix of retro-pop, folk-rock and electronica to construct an expansive sonic world. Their songs wouldn't sound out of place in 1971, at the birth of Big Star and the New York Dolls among the wreckage of the Beatles and Gram Parsons–era Byrds, while earning glory and redemption among modernity’s musical vanguards. Melodies, harmonies, and hooks, hooks, hooks abound!
Their music has received international critical acclaim, charted on radio across Canada, and been featured in HBO and MTV productions. The Hearts have toured extensively and performed alongside top contemporary acts at internationally renowned festivals and events. They are regarded for bringing strong musicianship and a healthy dose of sonic experimentation to the stage, where they trade, layer, interpret and cohere beautifully, mixing some glitter with their grit.
CKUA Radio describes their music as “elegant, sophisticated, daring, and brilliantly creative, but more than anything, from the heart.” This rings true as the much anticipated fall 2015 release of their third album Equal Love draws near. But this latest work transmits a heightened sense of verve and collusion among the band, marking the right moment for their frontman Jeff Stuart to leave his solitary perch, and simply become one of The Hearts— no initiation ritual required— as their light grows brighter and brighter in the firmament of Canadian music!
Jeff Stuart – vocals/guitar
Gavin Dunn – guitar/vocals
Dwayne Martineau – keys/guitar/vocals
Christopher Quesnel – bass
Michelle Rempel – violin/percussion/vocals
Brad Tebble – drums
Coming fall 2015!
Released November 18, 2011
Released November 11, 2009
March 16-23, 2015 — SXSW, Austin, TX
Breakout West SXSW Showcase at Canada House
Interstellar Rodeo and Arts & Crafts SXSW Showcase at Swan Dive
July 25-27, 2014 — Interstellar Rodeo, Edmonton, AB
July 17-20, 2014 — Ness Creek Music Festival, Ness Creek, SK
June 20-22, 2014 — North Country Fair, Driftpile, AB
April 28, 2014 — Francis Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
October 12, 2013 — CKUA Performance Space w/ Daniel Romano, Edmonton, AB
November 6, 2013 — The Supermarket, Toronto, ON
November 5, 2013 — The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
May 11, 2013 — Royal Alberta Museum Theatre w/ Ron Sexsmith, Edmonton, AB
July 26-29, 2012 — Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, AB
" (Equal Parts Reason and Moonlight is) a well-constructed album of muscular, full-band folk and clever songwriting/The moonlight, then, comes in terms of the album's cinematic scope, the atmosphere of a fully realized album, how all that impeccable arrangement transcends the feeling of structure. It's good art, cleverly crafted and spotlessly executed."
— Vue Weekly
"Jeff Stuart & the Heart's latest is as the title says: two equal parts. Reason comes through in a well-constructed album of muscular, full-band folk and clever songwriting: the way Stuart, on opener "Apple Tree" pleads, "Oh, oh, oh / I wanna go home" while musically the band refuses to give in to the same despair buoys the sentiment in a unique way. Same with the playful push of "I Was a Wolf," or "Swallowed by the Morning Sky," which moves from a bass-y bounce to being carried by string swells, eventually becoming more urgently beautiful as it rises to a crescendo. The moonlight, then, comes in terms of the album's cinematic scope, the atmosphere of a fully realized album, how all that impeccable arrangement transcends the feeling of structure. It's good art, cleverly crafted and spotlessly executed."
— Vue Weekly (Nov. 23, 2011 - Issue #840)
"Alt-country might be the starting point for the Hearts, but only in an allusive way, almost as if they decided to reconstruct the genre after hearing about it rather than actually hearing it. They're baroque rather than barroom, enamoured of tricky musical arrangements and elliptical lyrics ( Wrong I Guess), shoegazers that sometimes like to stomp. Brian Wilson would appreciate the vocal harmonies, Charlie Rich would nod appreciatively at Stuart's existential weariness; call them what you will, I'm calling them for the year-end Top 10 list (4.5/5 stars)."
— Edmonton Journal
"A general sense of rampant creativity lends these heartfelt, plaintive songs a dreamy, unpredictable quality that keeps the listener engaged from the disc's beginning to its end... the ambitious arrangements highlight Stuart's songwriting and vocal performances to great effect, burnishing the lustrous melodies with layer upon layer of musical dynamism. It's elegant, sophisticated, daring, and brilliantly creative, but more than anything, just as the band's name suggests, this music is indeed from the heart."
— CKUA Presents: Alberta Disc-overies
"It's hard enough for me to go out on a Saturday night these days, let alone a Tuesday. I'm glad I dragged my ass out last Tuesday, though. The show at Pawn Shop was, in a word, epic. Jeff Stuart has seriously got something special going on. An all-star band and really, really great songs."
— Vue Weekly
"...basically tantric sex in a bottle. Stuart begins singing —his voice about a third of the way between The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. As these warm, epic lyrics wash over you, what's going on in the background is even more amazing, a slow-moving merry-go-round where every new horse catches the light in its own unique way... Total win-win, taking the corpse of alt-country and turning it unrecognizably beautiful (5/5 stars)."
— See Magazine
"Edmonton's Jeff Stuart, kind of a fist-raising Jim Belushi was backed by one of those musician's musicians bands-technically stunning, and layered with organs, violin and keyboard-to-mouth melodica by Dwayne Martineau."
— Exclaim Magazine