The Head and The Heart

RIYL Mixtape / The Head and The Heart :: There’s No Place Like Home?

By Amanda DK

It seems like Seattle sextet, The Head and The Heart have been everywhere in 2011.  In fact, I have it on good authority that by the end of the year they will have played over 250 shows.  Pretty mind boggling.  After self-releasing their debut album in June 2010, it eventually caught the attention of indie label Sub Pop who signed the band and then re-mastered and re-released it in January with a couple new tracks.  Since then they have been all over the world charming audiences with their warm, rowdy alt-country energy, compelling songwriting and rich harmonies.  NPR named them as one of “Five Artists You Should Have Known In 2010,” and they made it onto several “Best of 2010” year end lists, including I Am Fuel, You Are Friends and, well, Tadpole Audio, to name a couple.  I’ve reviewed their live show twice, once for SXSW 2011 and most recently for the 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival.  In the wake of their success, several other 5+ member groups that all excel in resonant, melodic folk have emerged equally deserving of attention.

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Tadpole Audio’s Favorite 25 Albums of 2010

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to put a list together – it just seemed too daunting, I was bound to forget important ones, definitely haven’t gotten a chance to listen to many of the most lauded – but then a friend called me out and I naturally I had to rise to the challenge.

I don’t want to call this a “Best of 2010” list, because I feel kind of like a fraud saying that.  Music is so subjective.  To this day I still don’t really understand the mad mass love of Beach House.  Maybe I’ll discover what I’m missing in 2011, but for the moment it is not music that grabs me personally.

That being said, I now present my favorite 25 albums and 5 EPs of 2010

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