Freelance Whales just performed an exclusive set of songs from his upcoming record to the folks at NPR Music. This is part of the excellent coverage offered by this station of the 2010 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. This festival keeps improving every year becoming without a doubt one of the best choices for new music and a real venue for bands that look forward and propose original things.
Freelance Whales is really one band to watch this year. The music from this Brooklyn band is full of tones decorated with incredible harmonies from a clever combination of guitars, banjo, harmonium and glockenspiel that carry you throughout to finally place you directly in a happy place. Their debut album Weathervanes will release in April on Frenchkiss/Mom + Pop Records.
I happened to hear them live last year (completely out of luck) during their opening show to Fanfarlo at Johnny Brenda's. I was immediately drawn to their songs and I am looking forward to seeing them again on May 3 when they'll return to Philly as the opening show for the Shout Out Louds at the First Unitarian Church.
Below are three cuts from their new record.