Jam: Down in the Valley
Good to jam for: A pick-me-up!
Just as the name suggests, this band will have you questioning the difference between your head and your heart pretty much immediately after your first listen. I don't know about you all, but I can't seem to find much of a distinction. And that's refreshing. There's just something awesome about a band that's able to capture your core so effortlessly because the sole basis of every melody or beat within the songs is not life-shattering or untouched ground in the music world. Although somehow they are able to repeatedly capture a shit ton of emotion, wrap it up in a song, and deliver it to the world to enjoy. The Seattle-band's style often reminds me of the comfort you get from solid artists like Avett Brothers or Mumford & Sons. The comfort that often relies heavily on strong vocal harmonies and a catchy beat on top of some folk-embedded soul that can't seem to put you down when you listen. So today's feature is The Head and the Heart's live performance of "Down in the Valley" at the Seattle-based radio station KEXP and it's easily one of my favorites on their album for several reasons, but mostly because you know I'm a sucker for some properly placed irking of the violin. My thoughts are if you enjoy this one, then the rest of the album will be just about impossible to deliver an upset. With that said, I also had to feature this awesome video of their single "Rivers and Roads" that they recorded in the back of a tunnel because like I said, it's awesome and because it might even have the possibility of giving you the chills! Enjoy.