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Album Review: Hey Marseilles - 'To Travel & Trunks' (Onto Entertainment)

A rock record that defies the norm

Album Review: Hey Marseilles - 'To Travel & Trunks' (Onto Entertainment)

7 / 10 If you’re the kind of ‘rock fan’ that considers it your duty to uphold the powdery excess-über-alles inherent to the form, then by extension it will also be your duty to HATE Hey Marseilles. They come from Seattle, they number seven and their list of instruments stretches to the horizon and beyond. The stiff-collared flourishes of their ornate folk-rock-indie hybrid doesn’t do anything wildly separate from The Decemberists, Arcade Fire or Of Montreal, but it’s stirring nonetheless. If anything, its determined anti-‘rock’ stance lends it much of its power.

Noel Gardner

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