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The Wandering Hearts (Arts & Crafts)

Most of life does not happen instantaneously, but The Wandering Hearts, after meeting through mutual friends in 2015, were discovered by their new management company 26 minutes after uploading their first ever demo to SoundCloud, which was recorded the second time the band met to rehearse. A label deal quickly followed, and the band went on to win the prestigious Bob Harris Emerging Artist award at the 2018 UK Americana Awards.

The success of their debut album Wild Silence, led to two years of festival circuits, and a personal invitation from Marty Stuart, who gifted a song to the band. The Wandering Hearts made its U.S. debut at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry the same week, making them the first British band ever to do so. They went on to open for Hyde Park’s BST Festival for Tom Petty, supported Lukas Nelson in the UK, and Justin Townes Earle and Larkin Poe on U.S. shores.

The writing for their sophomore album began immediately after the tour, with the band jotting down ideas and jamming on the road between shows. Upon their return to London, they headed to their studio at The Premises in Hackney to write and record the foundation of the album. From the seeds planted during those early writing sessions, the self-titled album grew, producing an authentic sound that joins The Wandering Hearts and their kindred spirits together with kind souls and wise thoughts.

The Wandering Hearts are driven by a desire to get as “real as possible” and they needed the perfect team behind them to accomplish this task. “We needed to shift to maintain our authenticity,” explains Tara Wilcox.

The songs on The Wandering Hearts, the band’s latest release, captures the essence, spirituality and vitality of the surroundings in which it was made. This record explodes with joy and speaks of coming together to share happiness. “Gold”’s thundering drums and euphoric lyrics promise spiritual healing in a volatile climate, pleading that “all of the broken pieces of your heart are made to be filled with gold.” The track “Never Too Late” focuses upon new dreams, dances, and laughs which are heralded in its euphoric, instantaneously catchy chorus, while “Dolores March,” explores the emotional pain that drove Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries’ late singer, to commit suicide a few years ago, paying tribute to her life and musical career. Over all, The Wandering Hearts have crafted a spiritually soulful collection of music that is already touching the listeners of WMOT, WTMD, WFIT, KROK and KRVM.


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