(Photo credit: Hayley Young)
Dine Alone Records is proud to announce the addition of Seattle sextet Hey Marseilles [pronounced: hay mar-say] to their roster. The album titled Lines We Trace will be released digitally via Dine Alone in Canada on April 23.
Lines We Trace features 12 songs overflowing with ornate orchestration, memorable melodies and honest lyricism, and is the follow up to critically acclaimed To Travels & Trunks lauded by the likes of Paste, NME, Seattle Weekly, Popmatters, and Under The Radar.
Featuring Matt Bishop (vox/guitar), Philip Kobernik (keys/accordion), Nick Ward (guitar) Colin Richey (drums) and brothers Jacob Anderson (viola) and Sam Anderson (cello), Hey Marseilles produce a lush wall of orchestral sound using cello, viola, trumpet, accordion, clarinets, piano, guitar and drums. Together they create music that is intimate, poignant, and introspective, while simultaneously high-spirited, stimulating and addictive.
Lines We Trace was recorded and produced by the band and cellist Anderson in the group’s Seattle home and mixed by Tucker Martine and Martin Feveyear. In order to capture some of the album’s picturesque sounds, Anderson tracked instruments in various alternative recording spaces: a tunnel in Golden Gardens Park, the living room of an historic mansion, and a show room in the old Columbia City Theater, amongst others. The album also includes two instrumentals that showcase the unique orchestral chamber pop (or “folkestra” as the band likes to say) that has become the group’s signature sound.
Regardless of any moniker placed on the group’s style, one thing remains abundantly clear: Hey Marseilles has a penchant for making records that seems uniquely ‘uncategorizable’ yet exceedingly accessible. From the flutter of the clarinets in the opening track, “Tides” to the pulsating rhythm of “Dead Of Night” or the wait-for-it drums in the single “Heart Beats” and haunting melody of “Bright Stars Burning” Hey Marseilles keeps the listener nodding, waltzing and swaying along for the entire 48 minutes.
Hey Marseilles will perform on July 31 in Toronto during Edgefest. Additional info and tour dates will be announced as they become available.
UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
07.16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
07.31 – Toronto, ON @ Downsview Park (Edgefest)
Track Listing for Lines We Trace:
02. Heart Beats
03. Dead Of Night
05. Bright Stars Burning
06. Building Glare
08. Hold Your Head
10. Looking Back
11. Cafe Lights