BTW Freelance Whales songs always mix electronic and analog, but the way the synth mixes with harmonium on “Hannah” is particularly warm and bubbly. Vocalist Judah Dadone delivers “Hannah”’s lyrics in a quick half-whisper, as if he’s scared of the song’s namesake. (I’ve used a few adjectives to describe Freelance Whales. “Tough” is never one of them.) Hannah’s either a ghost or a girl as inscrutable as one. The track’s video stays close the lyrics — the line “if you’re vaguely attracted to rooftops” accompanies shots of the band on the roof, playing “Hannah” on something resembling a carnival game. And there’s the beautiful barefoot ghost girl, and a kid who is too scared to directly interact with her. The video was directed by Issac Ravishankara and Ariel Danziger. Danziger also directed Passion Pit’s clip for “The Reeling.”

Weathervanes is out now via Frenchkiss and Mom + Pop.

They’ll be on a long tour with Miniature Tigers in November:

10/01 – Bowling Green, KY (Starry Nights Festival)
11/05 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ *
11/06 – Black Cat – Washington, DC *
11/07 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC *
11/08 – The Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA *
11/10 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX *
11/11 – The ND @ 501 Studios – Austin, TX *
11/12 – The Loft – Dallas, TX *
11/14 – Clubhouse Music Venue – Tempe, AZ *
11/16 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA *
11/18 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA *
11/19 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA *
11/21 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR *
11/23 – Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA *
11/24 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC *
11/27 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT *
11/29 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO *
12/01 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
12/02 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL *
12/03 – The Basement – Columbus, OH *
12/04 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA *
12/05 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY *
12/07 – El Mocambo Club – Toronto, ONT *
12/08 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC *
12/09 – Middle East Restaurant & Night Club – Cambridge, MA *
12/10 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA *
12/14 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA *
12/15 – Webster’s Hall – New York, NY *

* w/ Miniature Tigers

Comments (1)
  1. pretty sure the whole song is a reference to the mumblecore film ‘hannah takes the stairs’ with greta gerwig. that being said, it’s pretty meh.

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