The Head and the Heart Announce New Album Living Mirage, Share Lead Single

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Jasmine Albertson
photo by Vince Aung

Beloved hometown heroes The Head and the Heart have announced a new record due for release on May 17 via Warner Bros. Records/Reprise Records. Titled Living Mirage, the album is the fourth from the band and the first not to feature founding vocalist and guitarist Josiah Johnson, who is replaced by Matt Gervias (husband to singer/violinist Charity Rose Thielen).

The album is described as a “rebirth, a spirit quest of sorts,” by bassist Chris Zasche, with the group meeting at Joshua Tree to write the songs that would make up Living Mirage. The writing and recording process took them all across the US including Appleton, Wisconsin, West Seattle, Nashville, and Los Angeles to create a series of “vignettes,” chronically a variety of stories and perspectives.

The first story we’ve received off the record is the upbeat pop single “Missed Connection,” which began as a remembrance of how vocalist/guitarist Jon Russell met his girlfriend but morphed into a metaphor for the band—which met serendipitously around an open-mic night at Ballard bar Conor Byrne 10 years ago—suddenly wondering, as he recalls, “Is it all going to work?” 

The band also announced a special livestream performance from The Belasco in Los Angeles on March 21 at 8:30 pm PT, available via The Head and The Heart and Live Nation’s Facebook pages. During the performance, the band will play songs from the new album for the first time and will announce their summer and fall tour plans across North America.

Below, read the tracklist for Living Mirage, listen to “Missed Connection” and watch The Head and the Heart’s KEXP in-studio performance from 2013.

Living Mirage Tracklist:
01. See You Through My Eyes
02. Missed Connection
03. People Need a Melody
04. Honeybee
05. Brenda
06. Running Through Hell
07. Up Against The Wall
08. Saving Grace
09. I Found Out
10. Living Mirage
11. Glory of Music



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