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For their second album, Freelance Whales have expanded and refined the atmospheric eccentricities of their debut, Weathervanes. On Diluvia, the Queens, NYC–based quintet creates long stretches of widescreen grandeur, along with more compact, hook-laden tracks aimed at the mainstream. Acoustic instrumentation fuses with electronica to suggest realms at once primal and futuristic. The album’s tunes are loosely interconnected by a space-travel theme, as well as by a spiritual undercurrent suggestive of Sufjan Stevens and Grizzly Bear. “Locked Out” and “DNA Bank” typify the Whales’ fondness for pastoral soundscapes, with their dreamy synthesizer washes and enraptured vocals. Judah Dadone’s high tenor vocals bring a Fleet Foxes–like quality to billowing tracks like “Aeolus” and “Red Star,” while Doris Cellar shines as lead singer on the effervescent “Spitting Image” and the graceful, Asian-tinged “Winter Seeds.” A hint of ‘70s-style soft rock creeps into the luminous flow of the closing number, “Emergence Exit.” Beneath Diluria's ethereal surface is a keen collective intelligence that spans disparate musical genres with ease and suggests visions of worlds beyond our own.

Customer Reviews

I love freelance whales, but...

Their last album was really great, and completely unique from any other band I'd ever heard. There was something about their sound that just stood out. When I heard about the new album, I was just crossing my fingers, hoping they wouldn't change a thing. Their new sound is nice, and good, but it's sort of lost it's old edge.

So different but so good :)

These guys have progressed a lot and they were already amazing! This is astonishingly great sophomore LP.


I listen to these guys on rainy days. I'll be on the porch, reading for school, and it starts to rain, I'll think, "FREELANCE WHALES!" and rush to get my iPod. These guys make my rainy days 50,000 times better!!!!


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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