Sophomore effort from Seattle’s indie folk rock band, The Head and the Heart proves them to be more than just the love child of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. The colorful, 6 piece band experiment approach on their new album, Let’s Be Still, while remaining true to their sound. The band integrates their classic folk sound with rock, synth-pop and danceable beats, all while staying in the vein from their self-titled debut and comfortable sound.
With full, pop melodies devouring the choruses, lyric compact verses, and simple acoustic strummed bridges, The Head and the Heart evolve into the a well-rounded, diverse group that listeners have never heard before.
Lead single “Shake,” filled with tambourines, an array of guitars, a poignant piano melody, and most appropriately, shakers, proves to be a fun first single to re-introduce the band. The subtle harmonies between the group tell the strong story of love filled with metaphors and powerful love declarations like “I can’t forget your face. Even if it was just a day, you won’t forget the one who’s making you shake.” The song lies heavily in a grassroots, rock-country song, which comes across truthful for the group.
Standout track, “Another Story,” tells the heartbreaking story of the Newtown tragedy through the eyes of member, Josiah Johnson. The song conquers an inspirational vibe with soaring guitar riffs and an accompanying haunting string arrangement. With a repetitive tinkering piano melody similar to a heart beat, and a triumphant, marching drum beat, The Head and the Heart succeed to pull on the heart strings. Lyrics like “The sun still rises even with through the pain” matches the emotional storyline and with the passion from Johnson’s vocal performance, the track is worthy of repetitive listens and reflections.
The new album, Lets Be Still ,from The Head and the Heart withstands their place in the industry already filled with banjos, kick drums and indie-folk rock bands. Their lyrical prowess and acknowledgement and experimentation with other genres prove to work in their favor.