Album Review: The Head And The Heart ‘Let’s Be Still’

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 at 10:21 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

It’s hard to find true gems among the up-and-comers and the already established bands that comprise the indie-folk scene. It’s often an all-encompassing genre, one that tends to house anything that falls on the acoustical spectrum. And sometimes it almost feels a bit gauche to label a band’s style as soley “folk,” unless you are referencing James Taylor or a Guthrie. That being said, The Head and The Heart’s second album, Let’s Be Still, is indeed a facet of folk rock… but it’s much more than that.

Let’s Be Still encapsulates the beauty of folk with a modernized flair. Though it incorporates typical instruments of the genre (piano, harmonica, banjo, strings), it doesn’t adhere to the standard folk formula. It’s full of pretty and boozy melodies; it’s introspective in it’s lyrical musings; it has punchy piano and loads of fun and powerful moments. It’s a paragon of what the genre should be.

Each song has an unexpected build, with quiet moments giving way to what can best be likened to a praise chorus. The drums are not tempered or measured; they are rather the action that backs up the words. Both the standalone vocals and the tracks with the male/female layering give the songs a unique dimension that captivates ears, mind and heart. With their sophomore release, they have quite literally achieved the affectations of their namesake.

This image has been archived or removed.

Credit: Curtis Wayne Millard

Drummer Tyler William, says of the new album:

When I think about the two records together, the first one feels like we all wanted to fulfill this dream we’d had about playing music, meeting people and traveling around. This one feels like the consequences of doing that — what relationships did you ruin? What other things did you miss? You always think it will all be perfect once you just do ‘this.’ And that’s not always the case.

The band was in town this week playing Terminal 5 and Webster Hall. We didn’t have a chance to attend, alas. Let’s Be Still is out now via Sub Pop. Give it a go.

 

 

Recent Stories

‘Belse’ Erases Paulaner from the Bowery Ahead of New Vegan Beewery

A vegan brewery and restaurant is poised to open on the Bowery, taking the place of the failed, and since fallow, Paulaner Brauhaus. Indeed, as previously reported, Dallas-based Belse is on board to take over 265-267 Bowery. The relative newcomer – which began life last February – will go even bigger with this larger Lower […]

Moscot Moves HQ from the Corner to New Orchard Street Store

Moscot is no longer on the corner, leaving behind Orchard and Delancey for a spot just paces to the south. And for the first time in its history, no rent to pay. As first reported by Bowery Boogie earlier this year, the centenary opticians chose the mid-block space at 94 Orchard as new base of […]

Mark Miller Reopens Orchard Street Gallery This Week with Street Artist Hektad

The Mark Miller Gallery returns to Orchard Street this week, and is enlisting the help of an established graffiti writer to help relaunch. The longtime Lower East Side showroom will reopen on Wednesday – after a two-year pandemic hiatus – with an exhibit featuring Hektad. “Looking at the graffiti art of Hektad is like finding […]

Chetrit Buys into Two Bridges Waterfront While Starrett Lists for $100M

No longer hamstrung by the courts, the unbuilt Two Bridges towers on the Lower East Side waterfront are changing hands. In the span of a week, one of the three major developers sold its stake while another looks to do the same. Mere days before the Thanksgiving holiday, word broke that Joe Chetrit acquired the […]

The Bizarre ‘Mumming’ History of Thanksgiving Masking

What follows is a reworking of a post originally published on Bowery Boogie in 2014. There was once a time when Thanksgiving customs more resembled Halloween masquerading than traditional turkey and history lessons. That’s right. So get out your masks, people! Thanksgivoween is upon us. Two key words: masking and mumming. To surmise thousands of […]