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Weathervanes

December 29, 2009 | Format: MP3

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I really love this album.

However, I may really love this album for all the wrong reasons. I first heard of Freelance Whales on NPR (which, surprisingly, is where I find a lot of the music I listen to these days). The first thing I did after hearing about them in the car that fateful Saturday morning was to jump onto the web and download their album.

What they've written and produced is full of movement, emotion, depth and complexity. I can bob my head with many of the songs on the album. The ones I can't head bob to are great for slow dancing with my wife in my home. All of them are great for driving in the car. There's not a song on this playlist that I don't dig - and it's worth listening straight through without shuffling. To say the least, this album makes me feel really good. If I were to give it a visual, it would be like thousands of golden lightning bugs lighting the dark around me wherever I'm walking (I don't mean to say that these guys are lighting the path of my life, but that they really provide a lot of warmth to what can sometimes be cold and ordinary). It makes me think a lot of friendship / companionship.

All of this is great. All of this is enough to run out and buy this album right now (or... run in and download it).

But the reasons I love this... my wrong reasons... are as follows:
I feel like this album is what you would get if you mixed the vocals of The Postal Service with a dash of Fleet Foxes and laid them over the complexity of Sufjan Stevens' rhythm and composition. These guys mix electronic instruments with acoustics (from what seems to sound like banjos at times, guitars at others) and know how to effectively go a capella before launching into another electronic assault on your senses.

Why wouldn't I love this this album?
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I love this album. Catchy hooks, beautiful harmonies, quirky lyrics and a really sweet spirit. There is a loose theme - many of the songs revolve around a shared house and the people in it - you get the feeling of a bunch of artists sharing a cool old house in the country.

As far as style, I'd call it folk-pop-electronic. They are somewhere in the same musical neighborhood as Passion Pit, Phoenix, The Bird and The Bee, and maybe Imogen Heap (if that is a neighborhood); but with the acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies, they also remind me of Crosby, Stills and Nash and Monsters of Folk. All that notwithstanding - this band really has its own sound and the comparisons only tell part of the story.

Listening to Weathervanes always makes me happy. I put it on while I'm making the kids' lunches in the morning, or when we're setting out on a trip in the car. It's very rich in feeling. I haven't heard music like this in a long time.

Weathervanes is that kind of rare album that's much more than just good pop music or a promising debut. It's quite special. It might be destined to be a classic, like the first CSN album (the one with Wooden Ships).
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utterly original with hints of appleseed cast, sufjan stevens, and annuals ... cant stop listening to this record since i got it last week. catchy, highs and lows, banjos, synth, sweeping lyrics. perfect.
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Always wanted to be a bigger fan of the indie folk sound and Sufjan did a good job satisfying on that front. Freelance Whales took it to a different place though with the inclusion of electro sounds. I definitely see this being an album I put on repeat for a long while. Can't wait for more stuff from them.
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This album is spectacular. Freelance Whales manage to channel the epitome of an indie pop band and write an original album all the same. I've heard the band be compared to a mixture of The Postal Service and Sufjan Stevens, both of which I love, which makes listening to this album all the more enjoyable: it's almost a smorgasbord of everything I love about contemporary music. My favorite two tracks on the album are "Starring", which is truly an electronica song with a driving tempo and quirky lyrics, and "Broken Horse", which is a heartfelt acoustic ballad with meaningful lyrics. The two songs are very different in style, but all of the songs on the disc -although they're all different- are strung together with the lead singer's truly haunting vocals. I recommend this album to anyone interested in thought-out pop music.
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I am absolutely in love with this album. It has been in my player for about a month now. And I just missed seeing the live in Omaha. Its difficult to categorize and proclaimed The Moody Blues meet Earl Xcrugs, but that's not quit it either. Folk music with a heavenly twist? OK If you are interested in checking this out, do so for free but judge it from the 1st 2 tracks, "Generator" and "Hanna" the rest will follow. I tried to guess what some of the instruments were but was wrong after I saw the video of Generator. The description of this album on the cover suggests its like watching a flower bloom hits it right on the head. I am going to go out and buy another copy in case I wear this one out.
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Fans of Sufjan Stevens, Counting Crows, and any other melancholy rock/indie will be immediately drawn to this rare and textured "kilojoule." Many will recognize the opener from a recent Starbucks commercial, but you'll quickly find yourself skipping this catchy first track for the more endearing songs. "Ghosting" is an immediate favorite, while "Broken Horse" and "Starring" prove instantly endearing; an almost folksy take on the Postal Service (it's a crude assessment but gets to the point).

Look, if you like a thoughtful, indie, folk fan there is no better I can find since Seven Swans. Don't sample; download in its entirety and enjoy.
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