I’ve got “Seattle Dreams” and romantic open-road-ambitions on how to get there, provided that The Head and The Heart supply me with a personal soundtrack for said journey. I started writing about this band in April and never got to finish it in a matter that seemed befitting their burgeoning greatness. Now that their debut album is ready to be released (with a release show on Friday @ The Conor Byrne pub in Seattle) I have to rush to share one of my absolute favorite up-and-coming bands with you guys. I dare you to resist singing and tapping your foot along to their infectious, jangling tracks. This six-piece ensemble had me at first listen of their song “Sounds Like Hallelujah,” with vocals from Jon Russell and Josiah Johnson that would make Rufus Wainwright and Justin Vernon quiver with excitement. Their harmonies are heightened by Charity Thielen’s back-up vocals as well as her violin accompaniment (the girl is as talented as she is beautiful) and Kenny Hensley’s brilliant piano orchestration. Throw in Tyler Williams’ perfectly timed drumming and Chris Zasche’s warm and sultry bass lines and you have yourself a recipe for your new favorite band.
The Head and the Heart sound more like seasoned folk veterans rather than a new band on the cusp of releasing their first album. All it takes is one listen to see why I can’t stop gushing about them, and why I can’t stop listening to evey single song of theirs I can get my hands on. On their facebook they describe themselves as, “Composed largely of transplants to the Seattle area, The Head and the Heart write and play songs that speak to the newness of a fresh start, of the ghosts left behind, of moving forward, all brimming with a soulfulness and hope for a better life than the one we’ve all been sold” and that is something we can all relate to and aspire to in these transitory and hopeful periods of our lives.
So love and worship them, support them by buying their album, and wish and pray really hard with me that they play a show in Los Angeles soon so we can bask in their heart-warming, joy-inducing brand of folk, up close and personal.
The Head and the Heart – Cats and Dogs
The Head and the Heart – Down in the Valley
You can read more and hear more from The Head and the Heart in The Sound On The Sound’s excellent write up. We’re not the only ones that can’t get enough of these guys.