Stubborn Heart are back with their first new music in eight years with Made Of Static, released on June 4th through One Little Independent Records.
Luca Santucci and Ben Fitzgerald spent this hiatus developing ten electro-soul tracks that will succeed their critically acclaimed self-titled debut from 2012, striking a good balance between synth soundscapes and introspective songwriting.
Balance is the main theme on the record, with Fitzgerald leading the production and the line-up of the machines, and the sound is rougher than on their previous album. Left field pop with dark, icy edges. Made of Static finds a home somewhere between R&B and cold spell. Santucci brings the heart with his painful, obsessive texts and the desire for something grosser in his presentation.
Santucci has amassed an impressive list of writing and singing credits in his day, including XL and Warp-Signee Leila Arab, Plaid, Riton, and Soulwax. Fitzgerald has also worked hard in his home studio programming various styles of music for artists and producers from around the world.
As a stubborn heart, you have serious experience and an abundance of influences. There is an honest simplicity in the way they are created, with texts written instantly and directly to capture an emotion rather than to emulate one.
On their first album, Stubborn Heart received praise from Pitchfork, NME and the British Broadsheets. It was named 2012 album at the Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards in 2012 and was named one of the top 20 best albums by Rough Trade that same year. But Santucci and Fitzgerald say this album better represents their dynamic, with a lot of creative static combined aimed at picking up where they left off.
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