Hey Marseilles: Sublime And Heartfelt

fromKEXP

Hey Marseilles' dynamic and complex sound belies its humble beginnings, when new friends Phil Kobernik and Nick Ward started jamming together in the park on sunny days. A couple years later, those two members have grown to seven, with the instruments in the mix outnumbering the players.

The band's sound evokes both worldliness and innocence; its orchestral instrumentation is woven together with melodies both melancholy and buoyant. In addition to the standard rock set-up — guitar, bass, drums — Hey Marseilles' sound features symphonic cello flourishes, haunting accordion, trumpets, trashcan lids and everything in between. It's not surprising to hear that the songwriting is becoming more and more of a collaboration among the group's many members, a few of whom are playing in a band for the first time.

In studio at KEXP, the group recently performed a sublime and heartfelt set. It was hard to focus on any one musician at a time, as they were all playing parts you wanted to linger with, but the wayfaring spirit of the songs drew me quickly from one to another, and I soon found myself drifting off to parts unknown. It's an adventure anyone should enjoy.

Originally recorded April 29, 2009. Engineered by Kevin Suggs.

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