‘Heartstrings’ is the lo-fi new hit from trio STIIR; giving immediate Foster the People vibes and tangy sweetness. The band was formed in 2013 and are based in North London.
The song is psychedelic, liquid kaleidoscope dream-pop, reminiscent of Tame Impala’s hazy vocals and catchy riffs. This is something that would not be out of place on a lo-fi indie playlist; the singer croons ‘pulling on your heartstrings’ as the quickening drum beat bounces along, conveying the push and pull of mind and body over love.
For me, this gives off dream-pop vibes; a refreshing but nostalgic reminder of early 2010’s alternative indie hits. It is a gentle reminder of the glittery days of past, muted by the lo-fi feel to create something warm, inviting. The song begins like a hazy summer morning with ethereal, 1980’s shoegazing qualities as the vocals and guitar melt into one another.
STIIR cite their influences as Tame Impala, Jamiroquia and the Beach Boys and it’s crystal clear to see the impact, making ‘Heartstrings’ a melancholy, dreamy listen.