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Weathervanes

Freelance Whales

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Album Review

Weathervanes, the debut album from New York City's (Queens, to be exact) Freelance Whales is built upon the tried and true, 21st century indie pop foundation of quirky loops, banjos, glockenspiels, and clever lyrics. Like their closest contemporaries (Morning Benders, Fun., Le Loup) and obvious influences (Belle and Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens), the Whales use twee pop as a springboard for a more heavily orchestrated brand of earnest, quirky city pop that seems destined for placement in a European car or fruit-adorned MP3 player commercial. Bolstered by a handful of engaging singles like “Generator," "First Floor,” “Location,” and “We Could Be Friends,” it’s hard to find fault with the album's intricate arrangements and top-notch production. Lead singer Judah Dadone’s clear, even tenor dutifully leads the charge, and the group’s penchant for folksy instrumentation mixed with meticulous electro flourishes and familiar, singsongy melodies is well-executed.

Biography

Formed: 2008 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The handclapping indie pop of Freelance Whales was born on the streets and subways of New York City after the band's formation in Queens at the end of 2008. After amassing a collection of miscellaneous instruments, including a harmonium and waterphone, frontman Judah Dadone enlisted the help of fellow musicians Kevin Read, Doris Cellar, Jake Hyman, and Chuck Criss to realize his D.I.Y.-sounding, folk-inspired pop songs. To perfect its sound, the band took to the streets busking and playing at various...
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