Let's Be Still by The Head and the Heart on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

After breaking out with their debut self-titled album, the Seattle-based folk outfit The Head & The Heart return with a matured and polished sophomore effort, Let's Be Still. While the album largely sticks to the winning formula that put The Head & The Heart on the map—musically refined country-touched pub rock with lovely, arching melodies—Let's Be Still is more subtly constructed, artfully written, and intimate than its predecessor. Balancing airy, atmospheric tracks like "Springtime" with the falsetto-adorned folk rock of “Another Story" and “Homecoming Heroes," the album is filled with heartfelt musicianship and graceful lyricism. The album's closer, a six-and-a-half-minute behemoth called "Gone," features all the band's best qualities at once, in a resonate blend of folk, indie rock, and soaring, string-backed climaxes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After breaking out with their debut self-titled album, the Seattle-based folk outfit The Head & The Heart return with a matured and polished sophomore effort, Let's Be Still. While the album largely sticks to the winning formula that put The Head & The Heart on the map—musically refined country-touched pub rock with lovely, arching melodies—Let's Be Still is more subtly constructed, artfully written, and intimate than its predecessor. Balancing airy, atmospheric tracks like "Springtime" with the falsetto-adorned folk rock of “Another Story" and “Homecoming Heroes," the album is filled with heartfelt musicianship and graceful lyricism. The album's closer, a six-and-a-half-minute behemoth called "Gone," features all the band's best qualities at once, in a resonate blend of folk, indie rock, and soaring, string-backed climaxes.

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About The Head and the Heart

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 and the Heart spent the first half of 2010 touring the Pacific Northwest before self-releasing their eponymous debut in June. By the end of the summer, they'd created enough buzz in the Pacific Northwest to entertain offers from several record labels, eventually signing with Sub Pop that fall and reissuing their album -- this time with remastered tracks and one new song -- in early 2011.

The Head and the Heart spent much of their time on tour during 2012 and subsequently began the writing process for their second album while they were on the road. The bandmembers eventually returned to Seattle to record their sophomore release, 2013's Let's Be Still. Enjoying continued success, they moved from Sub Pop to Warner Bros. and, after taking a break to recharge their creative batteries, returned to the studio and recorded their third full-length album (and first major-label release), Signs of Light. The album was released on September 9, 2016 with Stinson Beach Sessions, a collection of unreleased demos from the making of Signs of Light, arriving the following year. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Seattle, WA
  • FORMED
    2009

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