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December 11, 2014 at 5:05 AM

Brooklyn quartet Haerts won’t bypass Seattle | Concert preview

Hailed as heroes by KEXP after “Wings” (2012) and by Elle magazine for Song of the Summer (2013), synth-drenched indie pop quartet Haerts was taken down a notch by the likes of Pitchfork (5.8 out of 10) for its eponymous major-label debut album, which came out in October.

Not totally unfair. The Brooklyn band’s German-born lead singer, Nini Fabi, made a great first impression with her girlish, deliciously injured wail and photogenic good looks — especially in those contrasty, black-and-white fashion photos — but once the band assembled a full brace of songs, everything ran together like water on the kitchen floor, with far too much reliance on the same chord progressions and atmospheric whooshes.

Still, “Lights Out” is a crisp ballad and “Hemiplegia” is still a damn good song. Will Haerts triumph? Will that almost-’80s synth pop sound still fill hearts? Arenas?

Worse bands have gotten a lot more famous.

Meanwhile, Haerts has a juicy double bill here with Mikky Ekko, who co-wrote the Rihanna hit “Stay.”

Haerts

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-4618 or thecrocodile.com)

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