The Head and the Heart open up about life on the road with new single "Library Magic" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
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Book-lovers know the whimsy and wonder felt when entering an old library — there’s so much history to explore and aisles to get lost in. Seattle folk outfit The Head and the Heart channel a piece of that energy with their new single “Library Magic,” that all-encompassing awe musicians also experience when embarking on an expansive tour.

And that’s exactly what The Head and the Heart will be doing soon. Releasing their new full-length Signs of Light on September 9th, the band will set off on a full U.S. tour in the fall with a date at Philly’s Fillmore on October 23rd. Despite the starry-eyed expectations and excitement, life on the road can really take its toll on musicians. Fortunately for us, however, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Charity Thielen expressed all those feelings on this new track.

“Library Magic” is much more serene and introspective than what we heard on the more upbeat first single “All We Ever Knew,” and it is filled with absolutely gripping lyricism. The members sing “Being home is my vacation / postcard dreams of full-sized beds” in perfect harmony and it immediately floods you with the imagery of a Sunday morning when life is still and simple.

The chorus of “There will always be better days,” was an important component to Thielen while writing, because it’s a reminder that life can get tough, but staying strong will help get you through.

Thielen said this of the writing process:

“I wrote that song after having our first real time off as a band. 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.”

To catch The Head and the Heart headline The Fillmore on October 23rd, visit the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more info. Listen to the beautiful “Library Magic” below.

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