"We wanted to write songs that felt bigger, and didn't need to be so frantic," says co-founder Josiah Johnson of Seattle's breakout Americana-meets-alt/pop outfit The Head and The Heart. "I think for the most part we wanted to record an album that sounds like the way we play now." That particular sound can be found on the band's sophomore album Let's Be Still (October 15, Sub Pop), co-produced by the band and Shawn Simmons and mixed by Peter Katis (The National). The stomp 'n' strum busking energy and boisterous harmonies that have defined the The Head and The Heart are still in abundant supply. But as we heard on lead single "Shake," the band's sound has progressed -- and expanded with electric guitar, no less -- to fill the larger venues they're now playing. It is, says THATH's Chris Zache, "a clearer, more focused record." Click through to watch live clips of two new songs: "Another Story" and "Fear/Fire."
The Head & The Heart - "Shake" (from Let's Be Still)