As I branch out into music with the site I’m starting strong with this pick.
While Weathervanes by Freelance Whales isn’t their most recent album, it’s definitely what keeps me coming back to the band. I imagine this album being recorded inside a robot which adds the theme comprised of unique sounds that runs through the album. Those sounds are layered into a five person band where the instruments include harmonia (think accordion), xylophone and banjo and it seems that everyone lends they’re voice to the mix. Judah Dadone and Doris Cellar’s vocals are spot on with the overall happy vibes that the album aims for. Lyrically the album tells stories with fairy tale style that sometimes brushes what I imagine it feels like to be a hip New York based band like these lines from Hannah:
And if you’re partial to the night sky
If you’re vaguely attracted to rooftops
Hannah takes the stairs
Cause she can’t tell that
its a winding spiral case
Is she right side up
Weathervanes is a cohesive package of story and sound that delivers it’s own unique world. It’s a world I love to live in at least once a week.
This is a world that may be best exemplified through the album’s artwork. ↩