Clearly set against becoming just another of-the-moment Brooklyn band, Greenpoint’s Naked Hearts are shunning trends and opting to emulate the awesomely aimless sounds of the Breeders and Blake Babies. The vocal interplay between guitarist Amy Cooper and drummer Noah Wheeler evokes Juliana Hatfield and Evan Dando, but the often-dark tone that Naked Hearts’ songs take on curbs any overwrought nostalgia, and they’re able to stand out just fine on their own. Take “Call Me,” the third track from their self-released debut, Mass Hysteria, out May 11. Cooper coos Hatfield-esque about bummed-out lovers trying to drown each other with their loneliness over telephone wires, and you can hear the ache when her voice cracks, “Staring back at me/You were right,” over two fuzzed-out notes on a bass guitar. And here’s a bonus mp3 for the album’s title track.
“Call Me” (download):
“Mass Hysteria” (download):