The Head And The Heart - Signs Of Light

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Signs Of Light is the third studio album by American indie folk band The Head And The Heart, released in September 2016 by Warner Bros. Records.

The Head And The Heart were formed in the summer of 2009 by Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), the band also includes Charity Rose Thielen (violin, banjo, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums).

The band met and through a series of open mic nights at Seattle's Conor Byrne pub. Johnson had moved to Seattle from Southern California to pursue graduate school, and Russell was a recent transfer from Richmond, Virginia. They met keyboardist Kenny Hensley, who had also moved to Seattle to pursue musical score-writing, and Charity Rose Thielen, who had recently returned from a year studying abroad in Paris. Drummer Tyler Williams had been in the band Prabir and The Substitutes in Richmond, but then moved to Seattle to be a part of the nascent Head And The Heart, after hearing one demo that Russell sent to him for the song "Down In The Valley". Chris Zasche was bartending at the Conor Byrne, working aftercare shifts at The Perkins School, and playing in Seattle bands The Maldives and Grand Hallway, and was the last to be added to original lineup. Johnson explained how the name of the band was chosen: "Your head is telling you to be stable and find a good job, you know in your heart that this [the band] is what you're supposed to do even if it's crazy."

On Signs Of Light The Head And The Heart have taken the leap from melodic indie folk with Americana tendencies into full-blown radio-friendly pop. Signed to a major label (Warner Bros.) for the first time and working with producer Jay Joyce, The Head And The Heart have added several layers of gloss to their sound, and stripped back some of the most rustic aspects of their music. The group's vocal harmonies have always been strong, but for this album, they have punched them up and given them a bigger place in the arrangements, just as Joyce has given them a slick electronic makeover.

Head And The Heart have always been admirably honest about their rustic notions of musicality, celebrating uncluttered craft, homey detail and vérité revelation. You can still hear it on Signs Of Light, but it also sees them beef up their sound with sweeping rock guitars and radio-aware production that can sometimes feel overblown (“Signs Of Light”). Things work better when they balance the impulse to hulk things up with their natural traditionalist intimacy; on "Take A Walk", stately jangle backs vocalist Jon Russell‘s lyrics about processing relationship stress in real time, and the drolly sweet "False Alarm" could be a mountain-scented lost track from Fleetwood Mac's Mirage – a throwback that feels cozy and stylish at the same time. 

While acoustic instruments dominated The Head And The Heart's early recordings, Signs Of Light is awash in keyboards and samples, shifting the group's musical personality into an entirely different direction. From a songwriting perspective, Signs Of Light isn't so much different than what The Head And The Heart have offered us before, and there's still a soul in this music.

Check out the tracks: All We Ever Knew; Signs Of Light and Take A Walk.

This LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve is pressed in the USA.

(093624920762)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

All We Ever Knew

3:46

A2

City Of Angels

3:57

A3

Rhythm & Blues

4:00

A4

False Alarm

4:08

A5

Dreamer

3:13

A6

Library Magic

3:14

A7

Turn It Around

3:43

B1

Colors

4:12

B2

Take A Walk

3:41

B3

Oh My Dear

2:26

B4

I Don’t Mind

2:34

B5

Your Mother’s Eyes

4:10

B6

Signs Of Light

6:09

SKU 093624920762
Record Label Warner Bros. Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 554436-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 09 September 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 09 September 2016
Barcode # 093624920762
Shipping Weight 0.3650kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Indie Folk
Genre Indie / Alternative
Format VINYL LP

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