As autumn settles itself in comfortably, "Let's Be Still" provides that last bit of summer warmth. Let the Head and the Heart ease the transition.
Since its self-titled release in 2009, Seattle's the Head and the Heart has earned the adoration of fans and critics alike for crafting vulnerable, indie-folk sing-alongs.
Brooklyn N.Y.'s Floating Compass debuts its chorale-folk vision with the aptly named "Travel" -- featuring members of Camera Obscura, Los Campesinos!, Freelance Whales, Efterklang and Princeton -- a journey through yesteryears of weeping willows, mountains and banjos.
Beginning with a simple, steady strum of guitar, "The Way We Fall" by Alela Diane softly but assuredly opens doors to melody, memory and flute-laced mysteries.
A song of awakening to a new, light-filled season, "Sun Song" by Laura Veirs finds the Northwesterner meditating on maternal and redemptive themes across beautiful waves of voices (including Neko Case), guitars and strings.
In essence the Harmed Brothers are the Eugene, Ore. duo of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido, but on the new track "When You See Me" the two expand their post-Tupelo, country-folk sound into a back porch party that never gets too rowdy to crowd out the wistful theme and sweet harmonies.