Brooklyn indie kids Freelance Whales head out to Harrisburg for a show at The Abbey Bar tonight. The quintet followed up their 2009 debut with Diluvia last year. The sophomore effort sees Freelance Whales expanding their sound and their narrative with more intricate arrangements and a complex sci-fi concept running through the tracks. What hasn’t changed with the new release is the band’s accessible and appealing indie pop sound that got the buzz started in 2009. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Hundred Waters can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Spitting Image.”
Gainesville, Florida’s Hundred Waters released a breathtaking self-titled LP last year on dub step / electronic label OWSLA. In May 2012, Hundred Waters re-recorded two tracks from their full-length to be released as a limited edition 7″ through Small Plates Records (Gracie, High Highs) this coming spring. While the album cut of “Caverns” is unleashed with gauzy, twinkling bells crescendoing into multi-layered electronic patterns, the re-imagined version is a solo piano take with vocalist Nicole Miglis. Watch the Yours Truly session video for “Caverns” below; Hundred Waters will open for Freelance Whales on January 31st at The Abbey Bar in Harrisburg, PA and on February 1st at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE. Tickets and information for both shows can be found here. Pre-order “Caverns” b/w “Visitors” here.
NPR Music is currently streaming the new Freelance Whales album Diluvia in full. Scheduled for release this Tuesday October 9th, Dilvuia is the indie band’s follow-up to 2010’s Weathervanes. Freelance Whales will be playing at Union Transfer with Geographer on November 2nd; ticket information for the all-ages show can be found here. Listen to Diluviahere.
Freelance Whales release their sophomore album, diluvia, on October 9th, on Mom + Pop/Frenchkiss Records. The band plays at Union Transfer on Friday, November 2nd. The band recently debuted a second song from the forthcoming album; listen to “Spitting Image” below. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.
What can you tell about an indie-darling-of-the-moment based solely on the company that signs it for use in a television commercial? Apple has made a science out of cherry-picking carefully groomed indie acts that are every bit as aesthetically pleasing as the company’s latest generation of iPods; Hyundai, meanwhile, chose Pomplamoose—quite possibly the most offensively forgettable and personality-devoid band of 2010—to hawk its forgettable and personality-devoid WhatsItCalled line of sedans. Then there’s Freelance Whales, whose “Generator ^ First Floor” (off the band’s debut album, Weathervanes) was featured in a Twitter commercial earlier this year.
At first, that would seem to suggest that the Queens-based quintet is best taken in extremely small doses, or that its time in the spotlight will last about as long as that tweet you posted earlier this morning regarding the long line at the coffee shop. (Which, in these times of adorably-quaint-but-depressingly-disposable indie rock, wouldn’t be much of a surprise.) Honestly, it’s hard to argue in favor of the staying power of a band whose work is featured in a commercial for a social networking service that is the very face of substancelessness in the digital age. (A commercial that stars a faceless protagonist, no less.) But we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. And when whatever new thing that will eventually replace Twitter finally comes along, they might want to think about using Freelance Whales’ “Generator ^ Second Floor” in their commercial. Freelance Whales performs with Miniature Tigers at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.