The title track of Howling Bells' Heartstrings
album was written by vocalist Juanita Stein five years before its release. She told Artist Direct
: "There was a big question about whether or not 'Heartstrings' would fit in. We actually tried to record that song on the last two albums we'd done. It didn't work. It was just a cosmic thing that it did not work."
"On this record, we approached it very differently," she continued. "I went to Catherine J. Marks and Alan Moulder the producers, and I said, 'I really love this song. I want to put it on the record, but I'm worried it's not going to fit.' They really made sure it would. The demo was written on piano, and there were string instruments on it so we converted it to guitar and made it work within the frame of the album."
"I feel like the word Heartstrings sums up the emotional content of the album," Stein concluded, "so it was important to me that punctuated the record at the end."