Freelance Whales’ Diluvia

The talented Brooklyn group has returned with their second album. Already a great start for this fairly new band, debut Weathervanes was a solid folk album that won you over with it’s quaint charm. Diluvia is more lush and just as beautiful (if not more) and demands a listen! That’s right, I said demand!

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Freelance Whales
(Mom + Pop Music, Frenchkiss Records);

New York quintet Freelance Whales possess the knack of wrapping contemplative words in sublimely beautiful folk music and making it sound effortless. Diluvia, the second album for this fairly new band, follows in the path of Weathervanes with well orchestrated, tranquil and moving music guided by Judah Dadone’s genteel vocals. Yet Diluvia proves even more ethereal – and a sonic maturing for the band – in its airy arrangements.

For their second album, the band decided to expand the vocal plane as member Dorris Cellar’s voice is more prominent on numbers such as “Spitting Image,” “Red Star” and “Winter Seeds.” “Land Features” grabs you with sporadic drums, horns and catchy melody that all seamlessly meld together. “DNA Bank” begins quietly and quaintly with only Dadone’s vocals and the plucking of a banjo. Then song slowly builds over 7 minutes to include French horns, drums and everyone’s voices in an atmospheric and moving end. Though several songs follow this equation, the music is consistently impressive. A calmer, mellower than its predecessor, affair, Diluvia is an enchanting album worth several listens.

DOWNLOAD: “Dig Into Waves,” “Winter Seeds” APRIL S. ENGRAM

So check out the band here and listen to one of my favorite tracks from Diluvia, “DNA Bank:”

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