Seattle country/folk collective The Head and The Heart were already big on 2013’s Let’s Big Still (QRO review), but have only gotten bigger since then, moving to major label Warner Brothers and appearing on the series premiere of Showtime’s Roadies (including acting, as the surly opener). And Signs of Light gets bigger.
It all starts with the collective uplift opener/single “All We Ever Knew”, which falls right in their wheelhouse. But it’s followed by the surprisingly bright country-rock tribute to Los Angeles, “City of Angels”. However, after that the songs on Signs just can’t be as remarkable, especially as the group stays in the sweet country/folk vein that is very popular – and thus very familiar – these days. There is the sweetly intimate “Library Magic”, and grander sadness to “Colors”, but this record doesn’t break new ground.
But neither did Still, and that’s not what The Head and The Heart are about. They deliver sweet sounds – big time.