The pensive opening notes of “Walls Come Tumbling Down” lay out exactly what Bleating Hearts are here for: to be felt. Evoking the rustic air of a wood-cabin studio, the music draws you into a private space that is at once intimate and spacious.
Bleating Hearts’ self-titled album is a cohesive whole that weaves a quiet sort of strength throughout songs of melancholy. While the sound is timeless, the reserved passion that erupts on tracks like “Closer Further” shows that Bleating Hearts know how to simply rock out. Though the moments of unbridled shouting-and-stomping recall frosty nights spent in a warm tavern, the Vancouver natives are masterful at knowing when to exercise restraint and let the warmth of the notes create a sort of silent space.
The perfect winter music, Bleating Hearts will be warming the speakers of listeners for years to come.