(Frenchkiss / MOM+POP Records
whimsical and fun, sometimes glum and pensive, no matter which word you use to describe
Freelance Whales’ debut LP it is consistently one adjective…impressive. Judah Dadone,
Kevin Read, Doris Cellar, Jake Hyman and Chuck Criss have conspired to create a
pop-folk album akin to Le Loup minus the water jug drumming and Sufjan Stevens
minus the uniformed orchestra.
falsetto soothingly soars above the delicate music which effortlessly
incorporates banjo, bass, keyboards, chimes, and harmonium – among other
instruments. And while the music is catchy, Dadone’s lyric writing is equally
impressive. With “Starring” Freelance Whales manages to juxtapose optimism
within “a stranger’s nightmare;” and, when Dadone cheekily sings lyrics such as
“don’t be a player hater” in “Hannah” he manages to remain sincerely mature. Though
the Queens quintet is still quite young in
years, one listen to Weathervanes would lead you to believe otherwise.
Standout Tracks: “Starring,” “Generator Second Floor” APRIL