Listening To: The Head and the Heart
The Head and the Heart (2011 Sub Pop Records)
I was first introduced to The Head and the Heart last winter on my way back from BlogShop Minneapolis with my photographer friend MacKenzie Jean (see Mac's gorgeous recaps here + here). She popped this album in and it really was love at first sound.
If you're not already familiar with The Head and the Heart, they're this amazing indie folk-rock band from Seattle. Up to that point, my interaction with the folk music scene was limited (at best). And, if I'm going to be honest, I was kind of afraid of it. I have always loved a variety of music, but Folkie tunes seemed like something cool city kids listened to, not awkward country girls like myself. Yes, I was living in Winnipeg at the time, but I didn't feel like a true urbanite (and doubt I ever will).
After listening to The Head and the Heart's first album, though, I felt a connection with their music and my mind opened itself up to the possibility that I didn't need to be cooler to fit their fan profile. I could just be me. I think some of my fear and insecurity left me that night (emphasis on the word "some"). I'm still the awkward not quite country / not quite city girl, but I've started to embrace that quirky blend and accept it as part of who I am.
Folk is now one of my favourite music genres, and The Head and the Heart one of my favourite bands. Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing them live at Winnipeg's Burton Cummings Theatre. The experience was a surreal. I got chills. Actual goosebumps. It was truly the best concert I've ever been to, and even that doesn't seem to do the concert justice.
Have a listen to Another Story from their newest album Let's Be Still, and Rivers and Roads from their debut, self-titled album.