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Freelance Whales, Diluvia
Mom & Pop Records, Oct. 9

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



I just can’t bring myself to click over to Pitchfork’s review of this Queens-based band’s 2009 debut LP, Weathervanes, which those guys gave a rating of 4.2 out of 10, and you can readily see why I won’t: when a music review blog uses a rating system that’s anything more complicated than 1 through 10, you can just smell the fraud, can’t you? I also can’t bring myself to research that first album, either — why should I, when diehard fans of this band, should such things exist, already had their minds made up at the words “Freelance Whales have a new album coming out!” — so we’ll just go by this one, let’s do that. It’s mostly like Manchester Orchestra, really, a sort of mellowed-out quirked-up psyche-ride through a marginally fascinating subterranean cave-canal system, arguably better than Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., nondescript Ben Gibbard-ish vocals fortified with Grizzly Bear harmonies and — hey man, pay attention, this is important. What I’m saying is this: if you think Radiohead is God and you’re hoping this will be better than Kid A, it isn’t, but it’s got good beats and you can sleep off your drunk to it, especially the blocky, borderline-shoegaze mid-tempo “Spitting Image,” wherein an untouchable dweeb-girl does the singing, presumably their bassplayer. I hereby bestow it with a rating of 8,892 out of 10,000. They’ll be at the Paradise in Boston on Nov. 3. B — Eric W. Saeger





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