Freelance Whales cut their teeth playing subway stations and streets around Queens. But these days the quintet is attracting a sizably larger, more deliberate audience. Their seamless blend of electronic and acoustic arrangements of banjo, synthesizer, twinkling glockenspiel and dreamy group vocals have landed them a spot at Sasquatch!, and their debut, Weathervanes, will see the light of day on March 16. All inevitable comparisons to Sufjan Stevens aside, it's some of the sweetest and most likable stuff I've heard in a long time. Download the lead single, "Generator 2nd Floor," for free right here.
Freelance Whales play the Croc with Bear in Heaven and Cymbals Eat Guitars on March 28, followed by a Sasquatch! gig on May 30.