Freelance Whales On World Cafe | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : World Cafe

Filed Under:

Freelance Whales On World Cafe

Freelance Whales' members make huge tiny music. Their instruments tend to produce delicate sounds: banjos, violins, xylophones, drums played delicately with brushes. But their songs are arranged in such a way that these small sounds form grand, swelling passages that start out softly, then build to something majestic.

The band spent its early days busking on the streets and subway platforms of New York City, which explains a lot: If you're playing near subway trains and scores of hurrying pedestrians, you'd better make some noise. But it's clear that singer Judah Dadone and the rest of the group have learned something while touring behind their debut album, Weathervanes. The band went on 11 tours to support the record, and its recent follow-up, Diluvia, sounds bigger and brighter as a result.

In this session, hear Freelance Whales perform songs from both records and talk to World Cafe host David Dye about the process of putting together Diluvia.

Copyright 2012 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/.

NPR

David Oyelowo On Acting, His Royal Roots And The One Role He Won't Take

The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale, the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend."
NPR

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Did you hear about that study that found eating a daily chocolate bar helps you lose weight faster? Turns out, it was part of an elaborate hoax to show just how easily junk nutrition science spreads.
NPR

FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include Internet

The government currently subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans, and now the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to extend that benefit to Internet service.
NPR

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Did you hear about that study that found eating a daily chocolate bar helps you lose weight faster? Turns out, it was part of an elaborate hoax to show just how easily junk nutrition science spreads.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.