June 22, 2010

For the first time, it sounds like hallelujah

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The Head and The Heart is from Seattle, and make a breed of infectiously catchy pop music with a good backbone. It’s a classic sound that never gets old – think of Paul McCartney with a violin and three-part harmonies. This tune could even go on my Stomp/Clap Mix. Enticed?

I listened to them because of a very persuasive friend in the Pacific Northwest who has seen them so many times she’s a bit concerned about achieving stalker status, but they are just that good, according to her. After being immediately grabbed by this song, and then putting it back on repeat for a dozen times more, I believe her.

I’m already singing along; I bet you will too. 1, 2, ah-1-2-3-4.

Sounds Like Hallelujah – The Head and The Heart

They’re currently unsigned, and self-releasing their debut album this week. The CD release party is this Friday night in Seattle, and they’ve got a few more shows up and down that gorgeous green coast in the coming weeks. If you go, watch out for my rabid friend Michelle. She’ll be the one singing along to all the words; do ask her about the time we met Charles Barkley for drinks. No, really.

Bonus video:

[photo credit Robertsen Ashman]

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  • For the first time, the second and the third! This is great!!

    suzanne — June 22, 2010 @ 6:18 am

  • Truly an amazing sound for the short time they have been playing together. I listen over and over and over and have all the songs stuck in my head. Extremely talented and so great to listen to. I predict big things for this band.

    tina — June 22, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

  • Heather,

    Thanks so much! Michelle needs to say hi at our show on Friday! I want to hear the Charles Barkley story.

    Thanks again,

    Josiah, from The Head and the Heart — June 22, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  • Thank you so much for this song. I haven’t stopped listening to it since I downloaded it yesterday. Looking forward to more from the band.

    lisa — June 24, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

  • This is great. Thank You. I put it on repeat too. ;)

    Josh — June 25, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  • I absolutely love this song! I can’t wait to get my hands on more material. There needs to be more bands out there like them!

    Brittany — June 25, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  • ha, i was singing along as I read your last comment. great.

    love your blog btw and read it for great sounds all the time, good stuff, keep it up!

    bc — July 17, 2010 @ 11:33 am

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  • eh ive heard this sound over and over and over … they are not bad, just not original … keep looking thanks

    eh — November 17, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

  • At last, I have this album. And, you know? It tends to make me happy. Do you hear some Blind Pilot in there somewhere? I think I do.

    Dainon — November 21, 2010 @ 11:17 am

  • yes, D. I absolutely do. something in the warmth of jon’s voice? kind of like israel’s.

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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