London indie-rockers Heavy Heart started 2016 with an ambitious plan, put out one song a month for the entire year. They started the year with the wistful sentiment of 'Time Will Stand Still' and then took the year on a darker journey, ending 2016 with melancholic acceptance, heartache, and peace of 'Keepsake.' In between the bookends, as the months drifted by, the band checked in at the end of each month with a new offering. Each new work focused on hot-button topics such as bullying, self-worth, exclusivity, beauty, and perfection with gratifying clarity for those who peeled back the layers. The thought-provoking collection is rich with melancholy, and it rarely relents, but the arrangements, vocal delivery, and production keeps the band from exhausting it.
For all the blood, sweat, and tears the band put into their one song a month project, May's tantalizing offering of 'Pretty Thing' continually bubbled to the top. The band emits a looseness and bravado on 'Pretty Thing', the guitars and percussion bound along with ease and Anna Vincent delivers her vocals with a sweet and unassuming delivery. But it all turns jagged and angry, the guitars growl and Anna's vocals turn venomous as if "Laura R." might be the flower cut to stand in the jar beside her. The band's year may have been largely glum, but their greatest successes came when they embraced it and fought back. In doing so, Heavy Heart has shown they are much more than just a heavy heart.