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The Head and the Heart



The Head and the Heart by Eric Nyffeler


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With a sound built around piano, violin and prominent three-part harmonies, The Head and the Heart return to Austin City Limits to perform songs from their newest release, Signs of Light. When the Seattle band, who first appeared on ACL in Season 37, regrouped in 2016 to start writing together again after a sabbatical, “it almost felt like we were a new band, trying things we hadn’t tried,” bassist Chris Zasche recalls. “We stayed at a bungalow on the beach. We’d wake up, have coffee and go boogie boarding. We were ready and excited to be back together.” That renewed sense of purpose can be felt throughout Signs of Light, the group’s third album. “This album isn’t about us now having achieved our dreams,” says vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Charity Rose Thielen. “The day we started being able to live off our art was the day we achieved our dreams, in my mind. This is the album where we really fell into our true voices as those artists.”
Recorded in Nashville, Signs of Light crackles with the upbeat, singalong energy of the band’s finest work. Throughout, the colors are brighter, the electric guitars are louder and the musical touchstones more universal. The gamut of emotions the album explores is felt most deeply on the Josiah Johnson penned title track, which none of the other members had ever heard until they happened to walk in on him playing it. “It was one of those moments where no one talks,” vocalist/ guitarist Jonathan Russell remembers. “No one needs the chords; no one is looking up. You simply pick up your instrument and play. The next thing you know, nearly 10 minutes have gone by and you have no idea how or why or what just happened.”



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