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Editors’ Notes

This debut by the aptly named The Head and the Heart is a solid showcase for the band’s easy, earthy Americana-pop sound that taps into both body parts with the familiar touch of an old friend. The Seattle six-piece has a winning combination of vocals in Charity Rose Thielen (who also plays violin) and core members Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell, who deliver refreshingly reverb-free performances; they are masters of heartpounding crescendos and deliriously infectious folkisms (foot stomping, hand-clapping, etc.). Pianos and guitars rule, and smart, touching lyrics are uncluttered by clever instrumental overkill. The carefree “Cats and Dogs” opens things up, like a rope swing on a summer day: “My roots have grown/but I don’t know where they are.”  That theme of wandering roots is further explored in the gorgeous “Down in the Valley,” which uses a lithe violin and a beautifully nostalgia-laced vocal melody to sculpt a palpable longing. If you like your new Americana music honest and direct — think Avett Brothers or The Civil Wars — you’ll be delighted to discover The Head and The Heart.

Customer Reviews

Absolute MUST!!!!

I don't buy a lot of music online, a friend pointed me at this. Don't hesitate, grab this.


"Down In The Valley", is one of my favorite songs this year.
The musicality of The Head And The Heart is solid throughout. I love this album. It sounds like Halleujah, haha.


Surreal! They define what music should be!


Formed: 2009 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Seattle by a group of northwestern transplants, the Head and the Heart is an indie folk band whose influences include Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque pop. The lineup came together in 2009, when songwriters Jonathan Russell and Josiah Johnson met at an open mike event at Seattle's Conor Byrne Pub. Pianist Kenny Hensley, bassist Chris Zasche, violinist Charity Rose Thielen, and former Prabir & the Substitutes drummer Tyler Williams rounded out the roster, and the Head...
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