Bill Direen is a legend of the New Zealand underground. He has written and produced poetry, novels and a slew of recorded material. Beatin Hearts is Direen’s ultimate, unforgettable debut album, not to mention Flying Nun’s first full-length album release. All seventeen tracks are brilliant short pieces of energy, harmony and spite. Anyone with an appreciation for Flying Nun’s early recordings can find its genesis here, the dawning of one of the greatest music scenes to ever exist.
Beatin Hearts is an absolutely unique brand of psychedelic rock – post-punk, often minimalist garage rock psychedelia born on the art side of tracks. The album is so sophisticated, unpretentious, utterly individual and it belongs in the higher spheres than any pop music.