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.