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Hey Marseilles, Hey Marseilles (Shanachie Records)




Hey Marseilles, Hey Marseilles (Shanachie Records)
CD Reviews: February 24, 2016

02/25/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Hey Marseilles, Hey Marseilles (Shanachie Records)

Skittish about making the same mistakes they made during the grunge era, Seattle’s scene-makers are forcing new bands to prove themselves by taking on relentless tour schedules, which is where this chamber-pop/hayloft six-piece has been all my life, or at least hidden from plain sight save for a couple of records and one kudo from NPR over the last eight years. This stuff is for real, which doesn’t automatically stem from the bizarre mix of instruments the guys play, i.e. cello, viola, accordion and mandolin along with the usual guitars and such. Opening tune “Eyes on You” had me thinking of Neil Young fronting 3/4 of the E Street Band for a second there, but eventually it settled in that this was a rather unique blend of Elbow’s open-heartedness, Florence Welch-level gravitas and Arcade Fire’s technical ambition, something too good for sports-bar overheads but that wouldn’t seem completely out of place. A ton of passion from this crew.





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