Monday, June 4, 2012

Spotlight on Music Album: The Head & the Heart

Oh Seattle, there's so much to love about you: a glorious skyline, outdoor fun, artsy people, and a great a downtown scene that makes you want to stay and play for a bit. Ok, so maybe Washington is known for its overcast skies and fictional residents like the Cullens, but it also has a fabulous performing arts scene. Proving its worth in the music industry, Seattle has recently delivered yet another great band called The Head & the Heart. These relatively new artists met up in 2009 and self debuted their eponymous album The Head & the Heart. Their sound is decidedly Indie folk-pop (quite a mouthful, but an accurate description), and it's as heartfelt as it is innovative.

The group of artists create their sound with a gorgeous mix of piano, violin and vocals, and they enhance their melodies with deep lyrics that will make even the most romantic heart happy and the intellectual head rejoice. The use of percussion is subtle and never distracting from the music, making for the perfect easy listening soundtrack. What I love about this group is that they do indeed mesh together that perfect balance of all that makes the head and heart work together. According to the band, "So many decisions in life and in the music we love can come down to a critical tug between the logic in our heads and the hot red blood beating through our hearts. The Head and the Heart live authentically in that crux, finding joy and beauty wedged there. Our music pulses effervescently—both explosively danceable and intuitively intelligent. With Americana roots and strong vocal harmonics that swell like a river, this band finds its anchor in solid songwriting that has even the jaded humming along by the second listen."

If you're unfamiliar with The Head and the Heart, expect to hear more of them as they continue their speedy rise to becoming a well-known name. The band has hooked up with other Indie Musians open for Vampire Weekend, My Morning Jacket, Death and other great artists, but they've gained more attention and now headline for themselves. Be sure to check out their album here, or their tour dates to catch their latest show!


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