If you are a fan of the Decemberists, Beirut, or Yann Tiersen you’ll probably really dig the indie/gypsy folk sound of the Seattle band, Hey Marseilles. As you can see in the photo above, the band consists of seven members, and they play a bunch of super sweet instruments like trumpets, cellos, accordions, and a sousaphone.
Hey Marseilles’ 2008 self-released debut, To Travels & Trunks, is phenomenal, and unfortunately hasn’t gotten the exposure that it deserves because of its limited release.Â If you are looking to boost your productivity today, listen to the tracks “To Travels & Trunks” and “Rio.” Hey Marseilles makes intelligent music that will inspire you to do great things (not to sound like a fortune cookie, but it’s true).
And if you’re like me, you may be wondering howÂ the collaboration process works in a large, instrumental band like Hey Marseilles. Of course it varies from band to band, but I often think, who was it who decided to put that little horn there? How did you decide to put it there instead of here? Why can’t I be this talented!
When asked about the writing process in a Three Imaginary Girls interview, Hey Marseilles frontman Matt Bishop said,
Thereâ€™s kind of a few different ways that we do it. Some of the songs were songs that I brought to the table and then we would fill in the spaces and integrate it into the Hey Marseilles sound. A lot of the songs these days are coming out of the instrumentals that weâ€™ll put together and then Iâ€™ll sit down and write melodies and lyrics on top of that. So itâ€™s pretty dynamic in terms of the way they come together.
I can’t wait for the sophomore album to come out, and highly recommend you buy this album!
To Travels & Trunks (2008):
(MP3) Hey Marseilles – Rio