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Staff Pick: Freelance Whales Brings Folksy Fun to Vinyl


By Sarah McCartan

Freelance Whales is bringing folksy fun for all ages to Vinyl Music Hall, during the latter portion of tomorrow night’s Gallery Night. The group began their whale of a journey on an abandoned farm colony. From here, their voices grew louder and they formally introduced themselves with the release of “Weathervanes,” their upbeat and otherworldly debut album.

After busking on the subway platforms of their home turf, Queens, N.Y., Freelance Whales took to performing on a broader front. Since riding out the initial appeal of their debut album, the group has grown up, grown out, and poured their heartfelt efforts into the making of their sophomore full-length album “Diluvia,” released Oct. 2012 on Mom & Pop and Frenchkiss record labels.

Despite their growth, there remains something remarkably down to earth and approachable that resonates through their efforts. Freelance Whales has managed to hold onto their early whimsical charm, and direct it in a well-articulated fashion.

Whereas “Weathervanes” was openly tied to the idea of a dream—a fascination with a ghost—Freelance Whales has taken the supernatural and turned it science fiction, resulting in “Diluvia.” While the new album embodies a more indirect dream-like approach, it remains fantastical at heart.

The term “Diluvia” refers to a glacier shift as the result of a great flood. Throughout the entirety of the album there exists a sense of this movement, a shifting in space with mystical elements and environmental influences. “Diluvia” also carries a healthy mix of banjo and synth, supported by orchestrated arrangements and crowned with constant soothing vocals.

Freelance Whales is joined for the evening by Florida band Hundred Waters and post-punk Il Abanico. Each act offers its own authentic appeal, making for a welcomed, melodious addition to the first Gallery Night of the New Year.

FREELANCE WHALES
WHAT: Freelance Whales with Hundred Waters and Il Abanico
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25
WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox
COST: $13 – $15; advance tickets available
DETAILS: vinylmusichall.com