‘The Heart That Hears Like A Bat’ is the second single taken from Hotels acclaimed sophomore album Where Hearts Go Broke. ‘The Heart That Hears Like A Bat’ is a song as wonderful as its title, a gorgeously shadowy piece of film noir Bond pop. Tremolo guitars and vibraphone shimmer over the inimitable Hotels rhythm section like moonlight on a swimming pool, while Blake Madden intones a pulpy tale of “young girls crying” and “young lovers dying”. It’s beautiful, effortlessly cool, and once again proves Hotels as kings of pop melody and mood.
To round out the release come remixes of two more tracks from Where Hearts Go Broke. ‘Leilani’ is remixed by original Hotels keyboard player Rich Spitzer, AKA Nite Club, who pairs the catchy synth line and vocals of the original with a drum ’n’ bass racket. Bizarre, funky and addictive. ‘Near The Desert, Near The City’ is remixed by Perth’s Justin Manzano, AKA tin Man, who has also remixed Hidden Shoal’s Apricot Rail. tin Man foregrounds the aching nuances of the original by stripping it back and laying the bare bones of the song in a shimmering bath of shoegaze drone and dubby throb.
released March 11, 2010
‘Leilani‘ remix and additional production by Richard Spitzer (Nite Club).
‘Near e Desert, Near e City (tin Man remix)’ by Justin Manzano (tin Man),
mastered by Simon Struthers at Forensic Audio, Perth, Australia.
All original tracks can be found on the Hotels album, 'Where Hearts Go
Broke', out through Hidden Shoal Recordings.
A man after my own heart, this guy has been doing his thing solo for a long time, making beautiful, forward-thinking, constantly evolving pop music. Interesting production on everything he's done. Hotels