I've been trying to write about this band for a while, but I'm at a loss. I can't figure out how they so accurately targets my heartstrings, or what sets them apart from every other emerging band out there.
Usually saying a new band sounds "familiar" isn't exactly a compliment, but Freelance Whales combines everything I love about indie pop and makes something both new and memorable.
There are folksy Sufjan-esque moments, mixed with synth blares, xylophone accents and banjo twangs galore. The lyrics are also fun and unique, my favorites about being "partial to the night sky/ vaguely attracted to rooftops." I've also never heard someone deem anything a "hot mess" so earnestly.
All in all, this is an incredibly strong debut. I'll be watching this band, hoping for the best.