Three years after the release of their fourth studio album, Living Mirage, the indie-folk band The Head and the Heart are back with new music! Their fifth studio album, Every Shade of Blue, quickly became a favorite at The Honey POP and is already a fixture in our playlists.
Wanna hear even better news? This summer, The Head and The Heart are getting ready to hit the road for their Every Shade of Blue Tour starting May 20 in St. Petersburg, FL. In honor of The Head and the Heart’s new album, here are our top four tracks from Every Shade of Blue.
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This track quickly became one of our favorites from Every Shade of Blue. ‘Paradigm’ opens with a deep bass chord and gives The Head and the Heart sound a sultry vibe. In addition, the band taps into electro-rock elements for this track. Like most of the album, this track dives into the broad concept of human emotion—specifically wanting to absorb the energy of someone you feel connected with. The song is catchy and shows the band is not afraid to steer away from their usual indie-folk sound.
‘Virginia (Wind in the Night)’
The first single from Every Shade of Blue reminds us why we love The Head and the Heart.‘ Virginia (Wind in the Night)’ opens with a simple piano melody before heading into a soulful chorus with booming drums. The track hits close to home for the band as members Jonathan Russell and Tyler Williams hail from Virginia. The lyrics reminisce on their home state and how it has changed since their careers have taken off. While the song may be about Virginia, the track is relatable for anyone who considers their hometown a grounding place.
‘Don’t Show Your Weakness’
This next track off Every Shade of Blue is another quick favorite. Technically, all the songs from this album are our favorites because it’s so hard to choose. ‘Don’t Show Your Weakness’ find The Head and the Heart in their musical element: indie-folk. The vocal harmonies, use of drums, and string elements make this song so impeccable. The song is all about fighting the urge to show the weaker parts of yourself—something we do a lot as humans and have always been told not to show. The song is a definite standout from Every Shade of Blue.
Closing out our list is ‘Shut Up.’ The eleventh track from Every Shade of Blue uses an acoustic guitar paired with a simple drum melody and amazing vocal harmonies as is usual for The Head and the Heart. ‘Shut Up’ is all about breathing and thinking about the words we say, or, plan to. The track reminds listeners about the damage one’s words can cause someone, especially if they are said spontaneously.
Every Shade of Blue is most definitely one of our favorite albums of the year thus far. Every song from this album showcases The Head and the Heart’s talent and is a must-have in your music library. Make sure to check them out on tour in a city near you!
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