Diluvia by Freelance Whales on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Freelance Whales

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 venues in and around New York City, including Staten Island's Farm Colony. At the beginning of 2009 and with a collection of songs written, they set about recording their debut, Weathervanes. The self-released album picked up favorable reviews on various Internet blogs with the band being compared to Arcade Fire -- mainly for its use of unusual instruments -- and Sufjan Stevens. In September 2009 they signed a deal with Frenchkiss Records to release Weathervanes internationally in 2010. The band's sophomore outing, Diluvia, followed in 2012. ~ Richard Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Queens, New York, NY
  • FORMED
    2008

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