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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 carefree “Cats and Dogs” opens things up, like a rope swing on a summer day: The 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.

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 carefree “Cats and Dogs” opens things up, like a rope swing on a summer day: The 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.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

1514 Ratings

Joy Will Find A Way

Rytone66,

In a world over-saturated with music, over-burdened with grief and torn by human division and alienation, it is heartening to find that a group of kids can still come together with nothing but talent and tenacity and, leaning on each other's strengths, create something as joyful as this album. I suppose somewhere anger, angst and rage have their rightful place. And in dark times, dark things can seem comfortable. But one of the greatest strengths music has is its ability to give joy -- or maybe to to coax the joy that is in us natively to come out and play. This music is not naive, despite the youth of the players. But even as it stares into the face of sober reality, it can't seem to resist the urge to dance. And what's wrong with that?

wow!

Matt Rasband,

This band makes me tingle in my special place.

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

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