Every Shade of Blue The Head and the Heart

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  • 1Every Shade of Blue03:33
  • 2Tiebreaker03:59
  • 3Paradigm03:24
  • 4Virginia (Wind In The Night)03:25
  • 5Same Hurt03:44
  • 6Hurts (But It Goes Away)03:14
  • 7Don't Show Your Weakness03:54
  • 8Love We Make04:30
  • 9Starstruck02:50
  • 10Love Me Still02:33
  • 11Shut Up03:29
  • 12Family Man03:50
  • 13Taking My Time (Wrong Woman)02:53
  • 14Enemy Lines03:22
  • 15Shadows04:37
  • 16GTFU04:20
  • Total Runtime57:37

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The Head And The Heart will release their fifth studio album, Every Shade Of Blue, on 29 April via Reprise/Warner Records in the US and Parlophone in the UK. Having achieved 1.5 billion career streams, two US Top 10 albums, and landed prime billing at Coachella and Lollapalooza, the band today provide the first taste of what to expect with the release of the title track of the new album, as well as its accompanying video, which was directed by Jacqueline Justice.

The Heart And The Heart will follow the release of the album with the Every Shade Of Blue 2022 North American tour, which commences on 20 May 2020. It includes a show at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre which sold out months in advance. They will be joined in select cities by special guests including Shakey Graves, Dawes and Jade Bird. Please see their website for a full list of tour dates and ticket details.

The band said, “It’s wild to think that by the time we get back on the road this year, it will have been over two-and-a- half years since we last toured. We’re so excited to bring new songs to life on stage every night, traveling alongside artists who inspire us. We can’t wait to get out there, doing what we do with an even greater sense of gratitude.”

Initially self-released in 2011, The Head and The Heart’s self-titled breakout debut produced fan favourites including Rivers And Roads, Down In The Valley and Lost In My Mind, and was certified Gold in the US. 2013’s Let’s Be Still and 2016’s Signs Of Light reached Billboard’s Top 10 albums chart. The album also featured the band’s first No 1 Alternative hit with the single All We Ever Knew.

The band’s fourth full-length album, Living Mirage, was released to critical praise in 2019, and provided another Alternative No 1 hit with Missed Connection. The album’s breakout track Honeybee has a total of 153 million streams to date, peaking at a million streams a week.

The Heart And The Heart appeared in Cameron Crowe’s television series Roadies, while Lost In My Mind featured in the trailer to Silver Linings Playbook. Their previous UK shows have included a headline set at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park on a bill headlined by Tom Petty, and Latitude.

The Head And The Heart

The Head and the Heart
In 2014, exhausted after four years of non-stop touring, the six members of the Head And The Heart pointed their individual compasses to new cities, new relationships and new adventures. Pianist Kenny Hensley learned to fly planes and enrolled in kung-fu training in China, while bassist Chris Zasche packed up a camper and went off the grid in the Canadian Rockies. Drummer Tyler Williams put down stakes across the country and immersed himself in the burgeoning music scene in Richmond, Va., while vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Charity Rose Thielen honed her compositional skills by writing for such legends as Mavis Staples.

After his own cross-country trip to reconnect with family and friends, vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Russell traveled to Haiti and found inspiration working with the non-profit Artists For Peace And Justice. 'When I found out we were going to have a significant amount of time off, I saw it as an opportunity to touch base again -- to listen to what other people were saying and what they were going through,' he says. 'I really wanted to make sure that I reconnected with a world that was starting to feel farther and farther away.'

When they regrouped last summer in Stinson Beach, Ca., to start writing together again, 'it almost felt like we were a new band, trying things we hadn't tried,' 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 first release for Warner Bros. Records. 'This album isn't about us now having achieved our dreams,' says 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 with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), Signs Of Light, crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the Head And The Heart's finest work. Lead single 'All We Ever Knew,' which was written during the 'Let's Be Still' era but never captured to the band's satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while 'Turn It Around' seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching its inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape.

Throughout, the colors are brighter, the electric guitars are louder and the musical touchstones more universal. The propulsive, smile-inducing ode to Los Angeles 'City Of Angels' and the head-nodding 'Rhythm & Blues' nod to classic Fleetwood Mac, while the organ-flecked 'Dreamer' is a timeless-sounding ballad that could have been beamed straight out of an old jukebox.

'Jay was really adamant about getting a great performance,' group member Jonathan Russell says. 'We have all the tools in the world to make something sound real or more excitable, but it's never really as true as the band in the room for the whole take. 'City Of Angels' - we had previously re-cut that song and played it so many times. But within two takes in Nashville, we nailed it. It felt like we were playing on a massive stage in front of tons of people.'

Elsewhere, Thielen's 'Library Magic' could almost be seen as a letter to the other five members, acknowledging the ups-and-downs of life in a successful band while celebrating the unique and constantly evolving bond between them. 'I wrote that song after having our first real time off as a band,' she says. 'It touches on the storied relationships between band members trying to survive living in a van off of accelerated time and gas station crafts for years straight, but it also applies to any of life's relationships.'

The Head And The Heart's 2011 self-titled debut album captured a nascent but undeniable creative partnership between six strangers thrown together by little more than a shared love of music. It became one of Sub Pop Records' best-selling debut releases ever, and rocketed the band to acclaim well beyond its then-home base in Seattle. The formative experiences that followed both on and off the stage heavily informed the 2013 follow-up 'Let's Be Still,' which continues to remind Russell of 'the stale beer, bleach and potato chips from all the venues we saw once this became our livelihood.'

On Signs Of Light, that gamut of emotions 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 over and over at the piano during pre-production in El Paso, Texas. 'It was one of those moments where no one talks,' 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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