Known for their atmospheric electronic pop, Brooklyn's Haerts emerged in 2011 with their single "Wings." Showcasing the talents of German-born singer Nini Fabi, the group gained further attention with their 2014 debut, Haerts.
The long-distance collaborative project formed when childhood friends Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert started working on music together in a small apartment in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. Fabi had lived in Germany for a good portion of her life and met German native Gebert there when they were both on the same swim team as kids. The two set out for New York in 2010 and slowly accrued other bandmates in friends and like-minded artists stationed all over the globe, including Garrett Ienner, Derek McWilliams, and Jonathan Schmidt.
Working internationally, the musicians sent files back and forth, toiling on their tracks and eventually sculpting an indie electro sound brightened by Fabi's Stevie Nicks-channeling vocals. In the fall of 2012 they debuted their track "Wings" online to great response. A year later, the St. Lucia-produced Hemiplegia EP was released on Columbia Records. In 2014, they returned with their debut full-length, the eponymous Haerts, featuring the single "Wings."
After touring in support of the album, including a stop at the Coachella music festival in April 2015, the band reappeared in early 2016 with three new songs they provided for an experimental short film by San Diego filmmaker Julian Klincewicz titled Power/Land. In 2018, Haerts issued their sophomore full-length, New Compassion. ~ Fred Thomas