Headwaves is a four piece group, based out of Seattle, WA. The music is a mix of hazy dream pop, heady rhythms and lush synth rock.

Ryan Barber inherently writes folk songs about love, depression and desire, but he had the urge to make people move in a way folk songs simply couldn’t do. He had the need for his lyrics to smoothly float over a lush bed of instruments and heady dance driven rhythms. Teaming up with friend Larson Haakenstad and producer, Randall Dunn, the sound of Headwaves was created over the period of two years.

Valentine's Day with @lemolomusic and @natashakmeto! February 14 at @nectarlounge! #seattle #music #dreampop #indierock

Song of the Day: Headwaves – Mama


BOOM and JUST LIKE THAT, Mama is KEXP's Song of the Day. Amazing, thank you. What a way to end 2016.


blog.kexp.org Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studi

Taking time to breath in #pugetsound

The Helio Sequence (Official), Genders - thank you!! What a great SOLD OUT night at The Crocodile last Friday to cap off the year! 2016 meant finishing a record, releasing a record, creating a band, touring all around the West Coast, NW, Montana and Wyoming meeting so many rad people, all while figuring out what it means to be Headwaves... time for two weeks of hibernation and recovery, then we'll be attacking 2017. Thank you all!

Cheryl Waters has added our song "Bare Hands" to KEXP's Music That Matters Podcast alongside POND, SISTERS, Kate Tempest and more. We've had such good support from stations around the country, but how good it feels to feel the love from our favorite local DJ's!!! Thank you!

Listen to the podcast here: http://bit.ly/2hqX123

TheCrocodile, you're up next, December 16th supporting The Helio Sequence (Official) and Genders. Wwwiiild!

Got tix? http://ticketf.ly/2gA5ajr

Our record has been charting on @cmjofficial (college/non-com radio) for SEVEN weeks now. Thanks all for listening so often! You all are killing it! #radio #charts #dreampop #indierock #music

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Headwaves - Mama

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Music, Art

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Ryan Barber
Larson Haakenstad


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