The Wandering Hearts

Wild Silence

Decca Records

THE Wandering Hearts are as close to a classic overnight success as you are likely to find in these digital days. Just 26 minutes after uploading their first Americana-influenced demo to Soundcloud, the London-based quartet were approached by Decca to sign with them.

There are definite undertones of bluegrass in this light country-pop album - and each track is over long before you want it to be. If you are thinking that you don't like country (you need to forget the western) this is the release that will prove you wrong. There are moments of grandeur, the opening chords that I expected Dolly Parton to belt out a few notes and underlying similarities to the Zac Brown Band and Avriel and the Sequoias too. This is no bad thing - their close harmonies are reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac at their very best. Stand-out tracks include Rattle, Fire And Water and Biting Through The Wires, the growing in vocals to a confident crescendo, it is easy to forget that these are not Kentucky natives.

As the spring arrives The Wandering Hearts bring hope that summer is nearly here.

Rachel Howdle