Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 01:10
Freelance Whales will get listeners moving with its second album Diluvia.
The electronic indie pop band from New York uses an eclectic variety of instruments such as banjos, synthesizers, glockenspiels, and mandolins, along with vocal harmonies to create another playful and dream-like collection of songs.
The opening track “Aeolus” will grab the listener, spread a smile across their face, and put stars in their eyes. It gives the sensation that one is floating down a lazy river and staring up at the clouds. The floating sensation continues throughout Diluvia; whether it is on a river or a cloud or in outer space, the sense of content drifting never leaves.
It seems that the Freelance Whales must be a very happy collection of people, maybe even a little too happy. For some, Diluvia, and the band in general, may be a little too cotton candy, especially in the song “Spitting Image” sung by bassist Doris Cellar. Cellar’s soft euphoric voice dances over the banjo, guitar, and synthesizer. It could be a little too much to bear.
The Freelance Whales tone it down just a touch for “Dig Into The Waves,” which brings a sense of time to Diluvia with a foundation of a ticking back and forth rhythm. Front man Judah Dadone’s high-pitched voice echoes through the music.
Diluvia is full of fun and whimsical songs that may be a little too sickly sweet for some, but it is definitely worth a listen. Listeners may like the feeling of floating along under the clouds without a care.