This is an amazing album. I am quite satisfied with the music I have discovered this far in 2010, even if half of it was produced in 09... Yeah, 09. Mookie and I are both bummed that we didn't "hear of them first."
Maybe we should move to the east coast, where all this great hipster music is coming from.
"I'd rather live in Bend, not know anything, drink tea, and look at the water," I told Mookie. We will, one day.
And since you are my friend I would ask that you lower me down slow and tell the man in the black cloak he doesn't need to trouble his good soul with those Latin conjugations
It's all good though. The album just recently dropped, on April 13. So probably none of your friends know about them yet. Go check them out: FREELANCE WHALES. The album is called Weathervanes.
Download Freelance Whales - Kilojoules
So I've arranged for your phobias to be performed by a string quartet
Some of these catchy lyrics... They make the non carbonated Neuro Sleep I am currently pounding come out of my nose. These are lyrics in the same vein as Death Cab For Cutie... This "simple complicated lyrics" styling that I have such a thing for.
Don't fix my smile; life is long enough...A few more of the quite brilliant postmortem instructions being doled out in the song "Generator Second Floor"...
I love this album. I love these sounds they make, what with the use of glockenspiel, guitars, banjos, tambourines, harmonium... Laptops too... Cello... You know how we love a cello... And you know how we love bands that use ridiculously-named instruments like bing carbon telephones and microkorgs.
Oh, and could this be the best part of the album? Check out this album art.
Here is what you need to know about Freelance Whales. I am pulling this off of their MySpace page:
Freelance Whales found one another in late 2008, in Queens, amidst a strange amalgam of unfamiliar instruments, and precariously arranged pop songs. Using whatever musical gadgets they happened upon (mostly harmonium, banjo, glockenspiel, synthesizers, guitars, bass, drums, waterphone), the five members worked at crafting songs with interlocking rhythmic patterns, lush textural layering, and an engaged group-vocal energy. The result is their debut LP, weathervanes, whose songs work at evoking a sense of dislocation, or sensory disorientation. They invite the human spirit to exit the body, if only for brief moments. Freelance Whales can be spotted in the streets and humble venues of New York City, and in due time, elsewhere.
In due time, indeed. They played at South by Southwest. They're touring New England right now. They'll make it to the left coast by the end of May. Then Lollapalooza. Sasquatch.
"Amazingly, Freelance Whales are even more arresting live than they are on record. They exhibit the exuberance of a young band that feels lucky to be sharing ideas with their audience" - Leo Maymind, Earfarm
Check out another favorite, "Ghosting", performed live for NPR's All Songs Considered - live at an Austin hotel during SXSW:
And all your little molars cracked under pressure