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Some people swear that remembering your dreams is a vital part of your life, and what started as a creative writing class project for Judah Dadone soon turned into an obsession. Armed with three notebooks full of dreams, Dadone turned his homework into artwork – creating The Freelance Whales, a reference to not only members of the band, but also the songs. What Dadone conveys through The Freelance Whales is a series of unfinished thoughts, confused sensory experiences and convoluted yet composited emotions.

The now Brooklyn based Dadone, along with band mate Jeremy Sklarsky, are recruiting new band members and working on their first album, tentatively titled We Could Be Friends. While Dadone handles the songwriting, Sklarsky mans the production side. Together they create a brand of experimental pop that is as musically layered as it is lyrically savvy. Sounding like it was made with instruments from Playskool (in an utterly endearing way), the lighthearted sound is overshadowed by lyrics that make you smile to yourself and wonder if your dreams can be as fulfilling as the sound from The Freelance Whales.

"Hannah" is a shining example of the sheer wit of Dadone's writing and Sklarsky's ability to create music that fits the creative vision that Judah's dreams take on. Take a listen to "Hannah" below, and start to feel good about hitting that snooze button a couple more times. - HEAVEmedia


Weathervanes (LP, 2009)



Freelance Whales found one another in late 2008, amidst a strange amalgam of unfamiliar instruments, and precariously composed pop songs. Using whatever musical gadgets they happened upon (mostly harmonium, banjo, glockenspiel, synthesizers, guitars, bass, drums, waterphone), the five members worked at crafting songs with interlocking rhythmic patterns, lush textural layering, and an engaged group-vocal energy. Freelance Whales can be spotted playing in the streets and humble venues of New York City, and are finishing up their first full-length recording, which will be released independently this summer. They can be listened to at