The Hearts pump out a sonic flow rife with hooky melodies and harmonies. They construct songs that are firmly nestled among modernity's musical vanguards, but The Hearts are brimming with another flavour sometimes lost in the overdubs of modern music...they exude soul. Their sound combines retro-pop, folk rock and electronica, yet in all its flash it remains honest and straightforward, with the 'heart' standing out in the mix.
None of these statements ring true more so than on the Edmonton-based band's new release, Equal Love - a ninesong collection filled with sexy grooves, beaming synths and affectionate tones woven carefully through the album’s mindfully crafted rock anthems, heartbreak ballads and dance-party sensations alike - creating an intricate, dense and cohesive soundscape. Fresh out of the gate in November of 2015, Equal Love is already tearing up the indie charts across Canada, including a stint at #1 on CKUA Radio. The record is receiving rave-reviews and was named on a host of media’s ‘best of the year’ lists.
The Hearts’ music has been featured in HBO and MTV productions, received international critical acclaim and continues to enjoy plenty of nationwide airplay. The Hearts have toured extensively and performed alongside top contemporary acts at internationally renowned festivals and events including SXSW. They are regarded for delivering an impressive and exciting live show where they trade, layer, interpret and cohere beautifully, mixing glitter with grit. Their latest work transmits a heightened sense of verve and collusion among the band as their light grows brighter and brighter in the firmament of Canadian music.
"elegant, sophisticated, daring, and brilliantly creative, but more than anything, from the heart."
Jeff Stuart – vocals/guitar
Gavin Dunn – guitar/vocals
Dwayne Martineau – keys/guitar/vocals
Christopher Quesnel – bass
Michelle Rempel – violin/percussion/vocals
Brad Tebble – drums
Released October 30, 2015
- Easy Love
- Cold Connection
- Hope Drug
- So Little Lonely
- The Future Age
- Equal Love
EQUAL PARTS REASON AND MOONLIGHT
Released November 18, 2011
- Apple Tree
- Pale White Lie
- Between March and May
- Swallowed by the Morning Sky
- I Was a Wolf
- The Weight
- The City
- Driving in a Car, Flying on a Plane
BLACK DOGS BLUE GIANTS
Released November 11, 2009
- The Boss
- With a Word
- Black Dogs
- Hold Out
- Wrong I Guess
- Blue Giants No. 2
- Telling You
- The Wire
August 14-16, 2015 — Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Salmon Arm, BC
August 4-7, 2015 — Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Edmonton, AB
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 Live Performance Space w/ Daniel Romano, Edmonton, AB
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
Apple tree (live)
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" (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