The Head and the Heart broke through in 2011 with their self-titled debut album, an emotive indie-folk effort. Now they’ve taken a more eclectic and colorful approach for their follow-up record, Let’s Be Still, out October 15th on Sub Pop. From the lush chamber-pop of “Homecoming Heroes” to the groovy “Summertime” and the roots-rocking “Shake,” the album is the work of a more well-rounded ensemble.
“This is the first time that we produced as a full band. . . This one is everyone’s influences equally present and prevalent throughout the album. I think that comes from being better musicians, more comfortable with each other from two-plus years of touring on the road,” frontman Josiah Johnson tells Rolling Stone. “We opened for all of these bands – like My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie, Dr. Dog, Iron and Wine – that we all had loved for years and found inspiration in. We did our version of reaching out into those sonic spaces that we saw them creating.”