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Hey Marseilles

To Travels & Trunks

(Onto Entertainment; US: 29 Jun 2010)

The compound word “folkestral” is displayed as the headline on Hey Marseilles’ MySpace profile, and it’s pretty much the only word you ever need to describe the Seattle seven-piece group. The tone of debut album, To Travels & Trunks, is set with a sweeping orchestral introduction, “Marseilles”. From there, accordion, cello, trumpet, and a bevy of other instruments chime in from time to time, like on “Cannonballs”, which is reminiscent of the Mountain Goats; the hand-clap drive of “Rio” and the intimate ode to lost love, “Someone to Love”. Although their sensitive boy shtick may not be anything new, Hey Marseilles knows a thing or two about wearing hearts on sleeves, and that passion is clearly evident on To Travels & Trunks.

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