Album Review: Let’s be Still by The Head and The Heart

“You can get lost in the music for hours, honey.”

And you can, if you happen to be listening to the second album released by Seattle indie-folk band The Head and the Heart.

The first single, “Shake” was released in October.  The band performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman, with Letterman making jokes about joining the band on tour.

The 6-part group: Josiah Johnson(vocals, guitar, percussion), Jonathan Russell(vocals, guitar, percussion), Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums) released their self-titled album in 2009.

The band received a cult following, going from selling self-burned CD’s in denim sleeves to signing a contract with Sub Pop in 2010. They spent the next two years touring the US and Europe, opening for Vampire Weekend, Iron and Wine, and Death Cab for Cutie, among others.

If you haven’t heard the first album, go listen to “Rivers and Roads” and “Lost in My Mind” right now. (You’ve probably already heard them, “Rivers and Roads” was used in season 7 of How I Met Your Mother and “Lost in my Mind” was used in the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook.)

The band’s folkesque style continues in Let’s Be Still with the melodic vocals, captivating violin and guitar parts in “10,000 Weight in Gold” and “Cruel”.

Yes, it may be “sad hipster music”, but it’s really good sad hipster music. So snuggle up in your thrift store sweater, brew a cup of organic Rooibos tea, and play Let’s Be Still out of your speaker system.

Standout Songs: Let’s Be Still, Homecoming Heroes, Fire/Fear, Gone, 10,000 Weight in Gold, Cruel.

For Fans of: Gregory Alan Isakov, Passenger, Mumford and Sons, Ben Howard, City and Colour

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