The new album showcases the exceptional musicianship, singing and songwriting of the unique seven piece. It's lush, complex, beautiful and moving. Hey Marseilles marries diverse instruments and styles into what's been dubbed "chamber pop." But I just call it one of the most original sounds around. It's powerful in a quiet way, thoughtful and at times serious without taking itself too serious.
The 12 songs on Lines We Trace represent a band steady enough in its sound poignant, panoramic, unreservedly gorgeous that it can expand beyond it. The string section that hums throughout Elegy quintessentially sweeping, Hey Marseilles style shifts into finely composed abstraction for the song s final minute.
This Seattle band’s second album is a gorgeous set of chamber folk-pop with a lush, acoustic-oriented sound combining cello, viola, trumpet, clarinet, accordion, piano, guitars and drums with Matt Bishop’s plaintive tenor and the band’s airy harmonies on beautifully crafted songs with poignant lyrics and heart-tugging melodies.