Freelance Whales | Weathervanes

Frenchkiss/Mom + Pop (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 22, 2010
2.5 2.5 Stars


Puritanical indie types unsettled by how well Owl City’s “Fireflies” fits on the new Radio Disney Jams 12 should comfort themselves with the debut from this suitably fringe-dwelling New York combo. Like labelmates Passion Pit, Freelance Whales trick out their wistful, post–Postal Service electro-pop with just enough record-nerd insularity to fend off cred-endangering Justin Bieber fans.

That circumscribed vibe is most often the product of noodly string-band bits that, when contrasted with the caffeinated computer grooves, conjure an appealing frisson of down-home retro-futurism. In the lovely “Hannah,” you can’t really tell which came first, the banjo or the beat. The song kicks off with lines from sweet-voiced frontman Judah Dadone that suggest words might also keep Freelance Whales from the hearts and minds of Americas tweens: “Do me this solid if you would, pretty lady/Please grab your martini and meet me on the balcony.” But, hey, whatever it takes, right?

FREELANCE WHALES + SHOUT OUT LOUDS | Paradise, 967 Comm Ave, Allston | May 6 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $15 | 617.562.8800 or

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