Stubborn Heart is Luca Santucci and Ben Fitzgerald. The duo drew attention last year with their track “Need Someone” and inevitable comparisons to Jamie Woon, Jamie xx and James Blake.
Now, the same track is featured on their self-titled debut LP, yet the rest of the album leads them into a beautifully somber territory of their own.
In “Starting Block,” Santucci’s melancholic vocals seep out, the way someone’s broken speech would while loosing a few tears. He sometimes breathes with longing and sometimes cries with disillusionment over scattered percussion. A pensive melody carries throughout and ends by tragically pulling at heart strings.
After a rather enjoyable swim in sadness, change up the mood by checking out their recently released four-track 12″ single featuring remixes via One Little Indian Records.