8 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Haunted Hearts are the project of married couple Dee Dee Penny (of Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez (of Crocodiles). Together they have a versatile idea of what pop music can be. Obviously influenced by The Jesus & Mary Chain's wall of unforgiving sound, Haunted Hearts work on the variations possible within that approach. “Up Is Up (But So Is Down)” sides with Spacemen 3 and their raw, often grating sense of the hypnotic hook. “Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good” rushes in with a sense of urgent euphoria that makes the track’s entire four minutes feel necessary, right down to the final melodic keyboard flourish that lingers long enough for “Johnny Jupiter” to hitch onto its waning notes. At just eight songs, Initiation is the perfect length for listeners to want more. It suggests that every track is essential—and, in fact, they are. “House of Lords” jacks up the synths and leaves more room to hear the vocal harmonies. “Love Incognito” brings Dee Dee frontward in the mix. “Strange Intentions” rocks with purpose.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Haunted Hearts are the project of married couple Dee Dee Penny (of Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez (of Crocodiles). Together they have a versatile idea of what pop music can be. Obviously influenced by The Jesus & Mary Chain's wall of unforgiving sound, Haunted Hearts work on the variations possible within that approach. “Up Is Up (But So Is Down)” sides with Spacemen 3 and their raw, often grating sense of the hypnotic hook. “Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good” rushes in with a sense of urgent euphoria that makes the track’s entire four minutes feel necessary, right down to the final melodic keyboard flourish that lingers long enough for “Johnny Jupiter” to hitch onto its waning notes. At just eight songs, Initiation is the perfect length for listeners to want more. It suggests that every track is essential—and, in fact, they are. “House of Lords” jacks up the synths and leaves more room to hear the vocal harmonies. “Love Incognito” brings Dee Dee frontward in the mix. “Strange Intentions” rocks with purpose.

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About Haunted Hearts

Haunted Hearts were formed in the early 2010s by the husband-and-wife team of Dum Dum Girls guitarist/vocalist Dee Dee Penny and Crocodiles member Brandon Welchez. In early interviews, the pair alluded to the new act being an equal split between the abrasive rock tones of Crocodiles and the more pop-minded songcraft of Dum Dum Girls. The group's first single, Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good, materialized in February of 2013 on their own Zoo Music label, and they followed in the summer of the next year with debut full-length Initiation, also released on the Zoo Music imprint. ~ Fred Thomas

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