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Daily Dose Pick: Freelance Whales

With echoes of the Postal Service, Sufjan Stevens, and Le Loup, Queens-based dream poppers Freelance Whales layer dance beats beneath hazy melodies.

Combining more traditional instruments with harmonium, banjo, and glockenspiel, the quintet’s quirky approach might read like an indie-rock throwback — but its blend of delicacy and sounds bordering on the animal-like keep it current. Following an initial self-release, Freelance Whales’ debut LP, Weathervanes, is out this week on Frenchkiss/Mom + Pop Records.

Check out Freelance Whales on MySpace, stop by their official site, read an interview with the band, enjoy a free download of “Generator Second Floor,” and buy the album.

And humble beginnings:

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