From: New York City
At the fest: Sunday both weekends, 11:30 a.m., Miller Lite stage
About the artist: Not a typo.
Darkly dance-ready like MS MR but aloof like Mazzy Star, multinational band HAERTS slots right into today’s not quite ready for Top 40 niche. When history looks back on the early 2010s, it will be remembered as a time when this kind of mystic-futuristic electro-pop had its moment.
The band, with members hailing from Germany, the U.K. and the U.S., credit some of their upward trajectory to astrological fortune, which sounds about right after listening to the moody but kinetic cipher "Hemiplegia." The track’s title refers to a semi-paralytic condition occasionally experienced by singer Nini Fabi; one time when HAERTS was in the studio recording, Fabi suddenly lost her capacity to speak thanks to her hemiplegia. That tension between desire and ability, the band’s bio says, is meant to echo through their lyrics.
HAERTS has collaborated with fellow musician and producer Jean-Philip Grobler (of synthy outfit St. Lucia, whose album "When the Night"was a 2013 pop standout) on tracks for their forthcoming LP. Gobler’s sumptuous hook surfing rubs off a little on the more sonically elusive band in "Wings."
The band’s early ACL set is good real estate for indie up-and-comers, and HAERTS has been on the tip of the musical tongue for a hot second. Similarly bubbling names like Dan Croll, alt-J and First Aid Kit have all recently played for the committed noon-ish discovery crowd, who are looking to score a new musical find before the latecomers infest. Could share a bill with: St. Lucia, Sky Ferreira, Wye Oak, MS MR