Just to listen to them, you wouldn’t know Seattle’s folk-rock sextet The Head and the Heart have only been around since 2009. The music feels more experienced and sophisticated, with melodies that sound like they were constructed by people who have been creating together for much longer. Add an eclectic assortment of instruments and some impressive vocal harmonies, and it’s no wonder why people have taken notice.
The success of the band’s self-titled debut album catapulted its members into what they had been working toward: the role of successful musicians. But even as they were achieving what they had sought after, they were also becoming very aware of how deeply that very success was affecting their lives.