I discovered Freelance Whales back around late 2009 when I saw a YouTube video of one of their subway performances here in Brooklyn (off of my L Train Bedford Avenue stop - whoop whoop!). I remember watching and re-watching that cell phone video so many times (despite the awful sound quality) because I loved the music so much and I couldn't find an actual track anywhere for it. For those of you who haven't yet traveled to NYC and experienced the sounds of subway performances, you'll be blown away by how some of these folks are just. plain. awesome.
Since then, it's been amazing and refreshing to see how much the Freelance Whales have grown and developed in their music. I keep hoping that I'll catch them on a now-rare subway performance one day off the L train (*fingers crossed*). I feel a little ashamed to say that I've had their sophomore album, Diluvia, for some time now. Probably almost a year (it came out in late 2012). But I never fully listened to it until about a month ago. I know. You know how it goes - I get into albums separately and then play the heck out of it on repeat...for weeks, sometimes months. So as I was submerging myself in other albums, Diluvia got set on the back burner. As soon as I finally brought it to the front stage of my playlist, I kicked myself for not listening to it sooner. It's amazing. Of course, we all have different tastes in music, but this album is everything I love, and I speak for myself only. I give credit and much respect to artists whose albums I love in entirety. Seriously, when was the last time you loved an album - the entire thing - from the very first song to the last? Well, that's how I feel about Diluvia.
Ok, so they're a little hipster and super indie (in case you're not into that). But regardless, the album is beautiful and you should check it out. It's more mellow and calmer than their debut album Weathervanes, but I can honestly say I love Diluvia better. I like the colorful mixture of melancholy, etherial, haunting, enchanting, and dreamy sounds with surprising hooks around every corner, slightly reminiscent of (once upon a time band) Copeland and Postal Service's Give Up (another album on my list of top faves...also known as the best soundtrack to my college days). Oh nostalgia, you get the best of me.
Take a listen. Seriously, I've had it on repeat for the past month. It starts off sweetly hypnotic with Aeolus' "send me to the docks where we met, the disappointed bridge that haunts the egrets" then turns into refreshing Dig Into Waves' "from the lights in the sky that combine, and arrive in a cloud clarified..." and ends hauntingly beautiful with Winter Seeds' "over time I will heirloom into, something gnarled for you..." and Emergence Exit's "you would've been better alone, without my love. You would've been safe from storm..."
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