Fans of lush, ethereal shoegaze or lo-fi DIY indie-pop would be well advised to check out local one-woman band Hearts of Animals. The lone member, who enigmatically refers to herself as SWF, distills the lush, blissed-out waves of the endlessly layered instrumentation and hypnotic drones of My Bloody Valentines opus Loveless into arrangements consisting of little more than vocals, a single guitar and simple Casio-driven rhythms. She then coats the nectar-sweet melodies with a thick layer of Jesus and Mary Chain fuzz as her haunting, reverberated voice cuts through the mix like an eagle breaking through a cloud bank. Hearts of Animals plays with tribal psychedelic noise cabal (and transplanted Houstonians) Indian Jewelry and San Francisco post-punk nerds Numbers.
Fri., Oct. 5, 10 p.m., 2007