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#75 Newfound love: Freelance Whales

November 22, 2010

No, rest assured I’m NOT referring to the latest environmental activist group nor a recreation club created by marine biology majors!

Freelance Whales is an indie pop/folk indie band hailing from Queens, New York, that makes their music using a mishmash of strange, unorthodox instruments like the harmonium, banjo and glockenspiel. (I didn’t even KNOW a glockenspiel exists before I stumbled upon their page.)

A quick trip to wikipedia identifies the glockenspiel as:

“a percussion instrument, composed of a set of tuned keys arranged in the fashion of the keyboard of a piano…similar to the xylophone….(but while) the xylophone’s bars are made of wood, the glockenspiel’s are metal plates or tubes, thus making it a metallophone. (Plus)…it’s usually smaller and higher in pitch.

(Okay mystery solved.)

So this band consists of really adorable band members…and the best part is that their music is even more so! If you are a consistent indie lover, enjoying music with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie (before it got un-indiefied), the New Pornographers and Regina Spektor, you will most likely find this agreeable to your ears.

My personal favourite is a tie between Hannah (Youtube) and Generator ^ 2nd Floor… They have many other equally agreeable tunes too! Check out Starring, Enzymes and Generator ^ 1st Floor for starters. ♥

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