‘Home Turf’ is a swoon of hypnotic and dreamy tracks from Wellington act Heavy Chest. Songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Andre Smith drives Heavy Chest and has created an undulating blend of bedroom beats and light melodies, juxtaposed with moody textures and tones.
Introductory is a short and sweet hollow body electric guitar warm up, the only lyrics, “Tears I cry, I will never feel, all my life, all the things I should do,” setting the scene for what is to follow – apathy and gentle moods.
Time On My Hands and Life lull you into a melancholic trance while Smith’s sincere lyrics keep the songs grounded. Lighter feelings are portrayed in Waiting For Something You Ain’t Needing Now and Steamy Loop, giving some respite from the melancholy. The final and brief track (similar to what started this daze) – Successor – gives closure in a reserved yet slightly uplifting, happy-sad fashion.
‘Home Turf’ is a move away from the stripped-back sound of the band’s 2017 album ‘Pre Heat. Though recorded during Smith’s brief return from Europe (home turf), this feels more produced and curated with the vision of an album, not just a collection of songs.
That said, ‘Home Turf’ preserves Smith’s laid back vocals, mellow warbly guitar tones, and effortless movement between moods. An enjoyable listen, especially for those happy-sad Sundays.