Opening sounds of waves rolling in the background layered with electronic keys soon give way to steady bass and lofty vocals on the latest track from the Belgian pop five-piece Soldier’s Heart. “You’re floating down the streets climbing the walls of love / moving to every beat you heard the night before,” frontwoman Sylvie Kreusch sings in the summery song “African Fire.” Although Soldier’s Heart, which formed in 2012, first released the song in 2013, the band has since re-recorded and mastered it for a forthcoming self-titled debut EP (out June 30).
“Those three years have been a period of trial and error,” Kreusch says. “We killed a lot of our darlings, basically until we were able to arrive at something we could be happy with.”
Here, we are pleased to premiere the finalized version of “African Fire,” which “was one of the first songs we wrote,” Kreusch remembers. “Even though we played it over such a long period of time, the song kept growing on us so much that we wanted to include it on the EP.”
Certain lyrics have evolved and the production appears more seamless. But while the overall change in sound might be a result of time and growth, Kreusch notes the new lyrics appear because, “we have come to realize Google Translate isn’t always the best way to write lyrics in English.” The three songs “Ears & Eyes,” “Echo Woods,” and “Honey,” accompany “African Fire” on the EP, and with backgrounds in graphic design, modeling, acting, fine arts, and music production, Soldier’s Heart’s influences are constantly in flux.
SOLDIER’S HEART WILL BE AVAILABLE ON JUNE 30, 2015. FOR MORE ON THE BAND, VISIT ITS FACEBOOK.
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