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Freelance Whales: Busking To The Big Time

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Freelance Whales' dreamy pop is getting a lot of attention, both on the streets and in the blogosphere. The group is often spotted playing on sidewalks, in train stations and at humble New York City venues. Lugging an atypical array of instruments — including the harmonium, banjo, glockenspiel, guitars, bass, drums and the waterphone — Freelance Whales' members make music that's undeniably quirky and fun. But the instrumentation isn't a gimmick: The band produces textured music with powerful rhythms and a keen sense of melody.

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For predominantly acoustic music, the band's sound is accentuated by group chanting and careful arrangements. Its debut album, Weathervanes, reflects Freelance Whales' busking roots. The band's sentimental and heartwarming pop-folk brings to mind the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Le Loup and Ra Ra Riot.



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