Title - Ascend
Release Date - 12.08.12
- 1 - DOLFINCRYSTALZ (03:41)
- 2 - SEDONA (05:06)
- 3 - ASCENSION (I HAVE A DEER HEART) (06:19)
- 4 - AZTECA PART I (03:40)
- 5 - GAIA (03:08)
- 6 - DEAR PLANET EARTH (06:22)
- 7 - B'AK'TUN (05:05)
- 8 - LOOK TO THE SKIES! (03:34)
- 9 - SOULORSYSTEM? (04:22)
- 10 - PRINCESS VENUS AND THE MOONBABIES (04:30)
- 11 - NEW EARTH/PLEIADIAN PARADISE (05:10)
- 12 - LOVE IN ATLANTIS/GABRIEL'S SWORD (03:19)
- 13 - ROMANTICA (04:59)
- 14 - POISON DART FROGS (02:48)
- 15 - PANTHER IN HIGH HEELS WITH MOONGLOW EYES (02:47)
- 16 - AZTECA PART 2 (03:59)
- 17 - AMERICAN SPRING (04:44)
- 18 - COSMIC SUMMER (02:31)
- 19 - CETACEAN/DIMENSION ASCENSION (05:07)
- 20 - PSYCHIC ROSE BLOODSHED (02:55)
- 21 - LOVEBIRDZ (03:25)
Title - Summer Hearts and Dolphin Death Dreams
Release Date - 04.23.11
- 1 - Intro (04:06)
- 2 - Sleeping Beauties (03:28)
- 3 - Children of Light (04:59)
- 4 - Alpha Wave 777 (01:10)
- 5 - Summer Hearts and Dolphin Death Dreams (03:32)
- 6 - Dead Sea Marine Life (03:07)
- 7 - Sister Sunshine Session No. 1 (04:10)
Mind Warping Music For The Masses
tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt mashes up genres
KYLE MALONE LIKES TO TALK ABOUT DOLPHINS. IT SEEMS DOLPHINS provided an epiphany of sorts for the young Lee University graduate with the ambitious goal of updating a New Age/’60s sensibility for the 21st century. But pinpointing just what the epiphany contained proves elusive. Something about spirituality, I would imagine.
This just goes to show that dance-pop band tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt leader Kyle Malone is something of an enigma. The singer/songwriter/producer claims to be deeply influenced by Brian Wilson, but you’d be hard pressed to hear it in his music—unless you are counting The Beach Boys’ synthesizer-dominated album “Beach Boys Love You.”
Of course, shaking the Wilson talisman around like a burnt-out sage smudge stick is standard fare these days for groups mining the pop side of rock and roll, but my guess is that Malone is more influenced by the attitude and sentimentality Wilson’s music exuded rather than the musical experimentation of “Pet Sounds” or “Smile.”
In fact, Ernie Paik’s review of last year’s HEARtS album was closer to the mark when he compared the band’s sound to a video game soundtrack.
Or, maybe De La Soul would be an even closer comparison, since tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt exhibit the same sort of musical Waring blender sensibility by grabbing styles and sounds from a variety of genres and tossing them together into a musical bouillabaisse. which results in something probably greater than the sum of its parts. Which is a good thing!
The electro-pop songs the band generates aren’t necessarily groundbreaking, but they are never less than interesting, if only from a sonic aspect. What’s more interesting is the scope of ambition Kyle, wife Stacy (the true “heart” of this band) and the rhythm section of Seth Ferguson and Brett Ives, and by extension, the listener, exhibit.
This band makes big, huge, gruesome STATEMENTS! While the music can resemble an ocarina of time, the sentiments are not always so pretty.Just clock the photo of Kyle in his “warrior sun-god guise,” like he’s the first Aztec rock star to grace the stages of Chattanooga. And in point of fact, he is!
So, like a Southern version of the Polyphonic Spree, tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt willfully employ lyrical platitudes which, taken minus the music, would frighten away many listeners, yet instead seem ingratiating.
Besides, in these trying times, dear reader, what’s wrong with being positive? Oddly enough, such ambition on the band’s part seems to set them apart from most of their musical counterparts in town, and the average club-goers probably scratch their collective heads in wonder at a band that resembles some modern take on Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and plays electro-pop dance music featuring extremely prominent dolphin samples spurring on the beat.
Malone himself acknowledges that last year’s “Ascend” was probably too ambitious and experimental in scope for the local scene, but nevertheless, all but a handful of the group’s initial pressings were sold.
Psychedelia is a curious beast. While it can be somewhat off-putting to some, musicians typically enjoy the style because it allows for so much creativity. The danger can be that too much of a good thing is sometimes just that: too much. However, tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt seem to have a pretty good grasp of an elusive aspect of this style.
Theirs is not the revolutionary, political psychedelia of the Jefferson Airplane but rather more akin to the studio efforts of Curt Boettcher’s Sagittarius recordings: mind-warping music for the masses, who want to shake their moneymakers!
’Cause at the heart of it, this band is about having fun, being a conscientious citizen of planet Earth, and dancing—heavy-handed lyrics notwithstanding. And again I would suggest, what’s wrong with that?
THE HEARtS IN LIGHt’s new album “Mystical Marriage” is set for release later this month or early January, and they will embark on a venture to Los Angeles shortly thereafter, so send them some good vibrations! They’ll appreciate the gesture, I’m sure.
Chattanooga Pulse - Brian King - 12.12.13
Chattanooga synth-pop band tHE HEARtS IN LIGHt are gearing up for the release of their new record, "Mystical Marriage," which is due out sometime in early 2014. Following on the heels of 2012's double album, "Ascend," the band will once again be peddling their Technicolor pop wares to Chattanooga venues and beyond.
Comprising producer-songwriter Kyle Malone, songwriter Stacy Sausa, bassist Seth Ferguson and drummer Brett Ives, the band delves into synthetic pop landscapes that race by in a blur, allowing only partial glimpses of glistening synth peaks and bright, sugary melodies.
On their latest single, "Upgrade," the band's gossamer pop rhythms and new-age electronics meet at odd angles before splintering off in different directions. Wielding a persistent beat that winds itself around Sausa's soaring vocals and icy electronic flourishes, the song dips into pop extravagance without breaking a sweat and manages to keep itself afloat on the strength of the band's dynamic interplay—and a wealth of vibrant and densely layered instrumentation.
As a bonus for fans, they're also streaming the dance-y, pop-tastic track "Bahamas," which was initially recorded for inclusion on "Mystical Marriage" but was ultimately not used. "Bahamas" was released earlier this year as a 7-inch vinyl single backed with B-side "Bimini in Blue."
The band will be touring L.A. after the holidays but will likely be making some stops in Chattanooga sometime in February. We'll have more details regarding dates closer to the release of "Mystical Marriage." Stream "Upgrade" below.
Nooga.com - Joshua Pickard - 12.11.13
Due Uses Music As Tool For Enlightenment
Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son." Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'." The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."
In the past, political messages and music were close bedfellows. Local duo The Hearts in Light want to help shift the spotlight back to music with meaning and away from the comparatively shallow work of artists who dominate the charts.
"I don't judge anyone who listens to Lady Gaga or Beyoncé -- whatever floats your boat -- but it seems like our society is kind of flooded with sort of background entertainment," said singer/instrumentalist/producer Kyle Malone.
"The world is getting crazier, and I think it's important for artists to address those issues," said Stacey Sausa, Malone's wife and the band's co-founder. "It's fun to have a catchy song, but it's more important to say something important. Why not have it be catchy and have an important message?"
Malone, 27, and Sausa, 25, have been working together toward that goal since meeting in 2008.
Malone became fascinated with recording and production as a teen after listening to classic folk, pop and rock artists, such as Dylan and The Beatles. Sausa was reared on a diet of classical music and soulful R&B singers such as Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.
Despite their markedly different backgrounds, however, their musical approaches and intentions proved compatible.
"It's really more about collaboration," Sausa said. "For us, it's just natural teamwork."
Both said they care about writing music that matters. Sometimes, however, that significance is only realized after the fact, as was the case with the title track of the band's 2011 EP, "Summer Hearts and Dolphin Death Dreams."
When Malone wrote the piece, a 31/2-minute track full of chaotic, spacey hooks, it was just a phrase he built around a beat. After seeing images of how the April 2010 oil spill was affecting life in the Gulf of Mexico, however, the song gained new meaning.
It and tracks with similar messages have become an increasingly large part of the band's repertoire recently, addressing issues ranging from the economic recession to widespread revolution in the Middle East.
Saturday, The Hearts in Light will take the stage as one of three local bands to perform in an indie-rock showcase at Track 29. They hope the audience will walk out exhilarated ... and thoughtful.
"We just want to make music for the heart," Malone said. "For me, if I can speak to someone's heart and make them have a better day and think about changing the world, I've definitely succeeded in what I want to do."
Times Free Press - Casey Phillips - 12.16.11
- 1 Keytar
- 1 Keyboard
- 1 Synthesizer
- 1 Laptop
- 1 Interface
- 1 Electric Guitar w/ Amp
- 1 Bass Guitar w/ Amp
- 1 Drum Set
- 1 rainstick
- Laser Lighting
- 1 "Sword In The Stone" prop (to be placed in the front row center of audience)
- 3 Microphones (just enough reverb that it doesn't scream)
- Smooth for multiple harmonies.
Kyle Malone - Vocals/Keys/Rhythm Guitar/Synth
Stacey Sausa - Vocals/Keys/Rhythm Guitar
Seth Ferguson - Vocals/Bass/Lead Guitarist
Brett Ives - Drummer/Keys/Rhythm Guitar