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SPOTLIGHT: WHALE BONES

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SPOTLIGHT:
WHALE BONES


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Whale Bones made their debut this year with The Seaside EP and they are easily one of the best new bands to enter the American Indie/Alternative scene. Kane’s brilliant songwriting takes you on a journey of real emotion dealing with subjects like forgiveness, remorse and self-discovery. Coupled with powerful melodies and instrumentation I get completely lost in my own introspection.

Whale Bones is a Bloomington, Indiana based dynamic duo composed of Nathan Kane (Guitar / Vocals) and Paul Lierman (Drums). I think Nathan said it best in a recent interview with crashandridemusic.com labeling the band’s sound as edgy but with pop sensibilities that make it accessible.

The Seaside EP, released in July of this year, was inspired by a trip the pair took to Florida. Appropriately, the progression of the record ebbs and flows like the nature of the sea. It was expertly mixed by Matt Goldman, known for working with artists like Copeland, Underoath, Anberlin, The Chariot, Haste the Day, and many more.

I love the way each song gracefully rolls into the next, giving subtle nods to the ocean throughout. It’s a rare occurrence that I listen to an album as a whole on repeat but there is just something about the harmonious movement from the first track to the last that puts the listener in a sort of a magical trance. It’s addicting.

Coming in as the fourth (and my favorite) track on the record, “Exhausted Forgiveness” hits me in the feels every time. Opening with a comforting yet simple acoustic guitar rhythm, the tension builds as Kane belts the lyrics “I don’t love you anymore // I can’t love you anymore”.

The emotional battle resolves at the end of the record with the optimistic mellow soundscapes of “Seaside” (which lives on a playlist of mine with Explosions in the Sky and Alt-J). I find myself identifying with feelings of regret and loss and then an overwhelming peace that somehow things are always okay in the end.

From the powerful soundscapes in “Hiding from the Sea” to the handclaps on the outro of “Exhausted Forgiveness,” there are many wonderful treasures tucked away in every corner and fold of Whale Bones’ music. I can truly say it’s been a very long time since I’ve felt this deep of a connection with an album. I find myself listening to these 5 songs over and over again, hoping my commitment to 20 minute EP will reveal new bits for me to enjoy.

Make sure to check out the music video for “Hiding from the Sea”, hit up their Bandcamp page (and buy a t-shirt) and enjoy their album on Itunes and Spotify. And make sure to read Nathan’s Liner Note to find out more about the band and hear about his creative process.

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SPOTLIGHT: WHALE BONES


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Whale Bones made their debut this year with The Seaside EP and they are easily one of the best new bands to enter the American Indie/Alternative scene. Kane’s brilliant songwriting takes you on a journey of real emotion dealing with subjects like forgiveness, remorse and self-discovery. Coupled with powerful melodies and instrumentation I get completely lost in my own introspection.

Whale Bones is a Bloomington, Indiana based dynamic duo composed of Nathan Kane (Guitar / Vocals) and Paul Lierman (Drums). I think Nathan said it best in a recent interview with crashandridemusic.com labeling the band’s sound as edgy but with pop sensibilities that make it accessible.

The Seaside EP, released in July of this year, was inspired by a trip the pair took to Florida. Appropriately, the progression of the record ebbs and flows like the nature of the sea. It was expertly mixed by Matt Goldman, known for working with artists like Copeland, Underoath, Anberlin, The Chariot, Haste the Day, and many more.

I love the way each song gracefully rolls into the next, giving subtle nods to the ocean throughout. It’s a rare occurrence that I listen to an album as a whole on repeat but there is just something about the harmonious movement from the first track to the last that puts the listener in a sort of a magical trance. It’s addicting.

Coming in as the fourth (and my favorite) track on the record, “Exhausted Forgiveness” hits me in the feels every time. Opening with a comforting yet simple acoustic guitar rhythm, the tension builds as Kane belts the lyrics “I don’t love you anymore // I can’t love you anymore”.

The emotional battle resolves at the end of the record with the optimistic mellow soundscapes of “Seaside” (which lives on a playlist of mine with Explosions in the Sky and Alt-J). I find myself identifying with feelings of regret and loss and then an overwhelming peace that somehow things are always okay in the end.

From the powerful soundscapes in “Hiding from the Sea” to the handclaps on the outro of “Exhausted Forgiveness,” there are many wonderful treasures tucked away in every corner and fold of Whale Bones’ music. I can truly say it’s been a very long time since I’ve felt this deep of a connection with an album. I find myself listening to these 5 songs over and over again, hoping my commitment to 20 minute EP will reveal new bits for me to enjoy.

Make sure to check out the music video for “Hiding from the Sea”, hit up their Bandcamp page (and buy a t-shirt) and enjoy their album on Itunes and Spotify. And make sure to read Nathan’s Liner Note to find out more about the band and hear about his creative process.

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