Heart Head West

Album Review of Heart Head West by Lola Kirke.

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Heart Head West

Lola Kirke

Release Date: Sep 14, 2018
Record label: Downtown Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

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Heart Head West - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Paste Magazine - 73
Based on rating 7.3/10

For the native New Yorker, the west may seem as foreign a land as some faraway country. Heading out west for the first time often carries its own mythology: a promise of bucolic transformation and reflection, where the industrial soul of the city dweller might find clarity amongst the badlands. It's a fabled promise that Lola Kirke seems to seek through sound: On her debut full-length Heart Head West, the Manhattan-raised singer/songwriter borrows from the rural vestiges of Americana to trail her own answers on love, loss and longing.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Already known to some for acting roles such as Tracy in Noah Baumbach's Mistress America (2015) and Hailey on Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle (2014-2018), actress Lola Kirke makes her full-length recording debut with 2018's Heart Head West. Focusing on a blend of classic country-rock, dreamy noir-pop, and timeless torch song, the album's hazy reverb seems to cradle Kirke's natural, smoky vocal delivery throughout. Heart Head West was produced by Wyndham Boylan-Garnett (Elvis Perkins in Dearland) and follows through on a sound they established on a self-titled EP two years earlier.

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