Earlier this summer, Seattle folk rockers The Head and the Heart hinted at their return to bustling joyful folk pop with the announcement of their eagerly awaited sophomore record Let's Be Still and tour dates.
Finally, about two weeks after that announcement we get a taste of what that sophomore record will sound like in first single "Shake". Featuring those incredible three-part harmonies, The Head and the Heart aren't reinventing the wheel BUT they're far from doling out the same old songs with new lyrics like some folk bands are wont to do. There's buoyant bopping bass lines, and restrained full band involvement, and that effervescent sense of awe-inspiring freedom the band manages to impart oh so easily.
There's also the band's relentlessly arresting songwriting chops fully on display here as the energy hangs back just enough to leave Jonathan Russell firmly in the spotlight. It's a fun track full of wonderful bubbly pop moment but The Head and the Heart still remain capable of galvanizing their meaningful lyrics with infectious music moments that have you hitting replay again and again.
It's going to be a long wait until October. Until then, I'll be playing "Shake" at least 5 times a day.
The Head and the Heart's sophomore full length record Let's Be Still is out October 15th on Sub Pop Records.