Brooklyn-based electropop quartet HAERTS released their debut album last October, and immediate parallels were drawn between them and Haim, Chvrches and St. Lucia (who produced the group’s first EP in 2013). Absolutely none were drawn to Jeff Buckley—which makes the cover they’re premiering exclusively on EW all the more enjoyable.
Buckley’s “Everybody Here Wants You” was the second single off the singer’s posthumous, 1998 collection, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, and HAERTS does little to dress it up—lead singer Nini Fabi draws you in with a moody, and characteristically retstrained, vocal. A background of synths and piano keep you there.
“We’ve loved Jeff Buckley and Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk for a long time and recently rediscovered ‘Everybody Here Wants You,’ which I think is one of the most beautiful songs of the record,” Fabi tells EW of the choice. “We were in the studio working on new HAERTS material when we started listening to it and after one listen the words and melody were instantly stuck in our heads. I think sometimes someone else’s material can express exactly what you’re feeling at a certain time—better than you yourself could—and that happened with this song, and that’s why we covered it. We learned and recorded it the same day, to capture that moment.”
HAERTS just played their first Coachella, and with no future announced shows, there might be new material sooner than perhaps originally expected.