What the Heart Wants, the Heart Gets

In this era of instant gratification, where multitasking prevails and a 60-hour workweek is the norm, it is always refreshing when you can take a moment to just “sha-na-na.”  Relying on familiar sounding melodies and phrasing, the music of America Heart draws you into a complex and personal story. Their musical offerings are inviting, honest and simple on the surface, resonating long after the song has ended. Once you give in to their steady beat and an endearing story line or two of mice and men, you will quickly find yourself at the doorstep of America Hearts.

It was not until guitarist and vocalist Jess Matthews wrote and recorded several songs that she brought together the band. Mark Cisneros playing guitar; Olivia Mancini strumming bass; and Justin Moyer on drums complete this quasi-pop/Americana influenced group. Together, they keep America Hearts beating all across DC.

The band currently has an EP out titled, “Fond Regards.”  The four-song introduction to the band has a minimalist sound to be sure, but succeeds thanks to being grounded by strong instrumentals. The lyrics are worthy of a classic storybook or two, and the band displays their hearts on their sleeves for everyone to see making it pretty much impossible not to embrace their songs.

As Jess notes, “There are sort of two main themes—in ‘Heart’ and ‘Train Tracks,’ I’m narrating songs about love. One is about its development and the other its demise or unending dejection.  ‘Home’ and ‘Breaking Glass’ are meant more to convey bitter/sweet feelings, one is about memories and the other is about ambition.” By presenting simple concepts that take listeners in very different directions, “Fond Regards” offers a light-hearted and entertaining playlist that leaves ample room for  individual thought and reflection.

These songs are a timely addition to your perfect springtime soundtrack. Be sure to get your heart beating to the same rhythm as America Hearts and check them out at their upcoming local shows on April 23 at Paper Sun and April 28 at The Velvet Lounge.

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