Hey Marseilles

The title track from "Elegy," the new 7-inch by Seattle's orchestral, Mediterranean-tinged songsters Hey Marseilles begins with a poppy vocal "na-na-na-na, oh" intro and ends with an uncharacteristically spacey post-production blip. In between, though, frontman Matt Bishop is the valiant troubadour from the band's much-loved To Travels and Trunks, and he and the backing instrumental crew practice their traditionalist romp-style as well as ever. The B-side, entitled "Cafe Lights," is a heavier, more resolute number than the carefree jauntiness of the flip side. The contrast of style is a welcome innovation, and perhaps a sneak peak into their next full-length (which should be out early 2012). The up-close-and-personal intimacy provided by the Neptune should be all the more perfect to reacquaint yourself with the band. With Bryan John Appleby, Nick Jaina. TODD HAMM

Sat., Nov. 12, 9 p.m., 2011

 
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