Noah and the Whale are one of those bands that have nearly everything spot on for me. First off, their name is a tribute to Noah Baumbach and his film The Squid and the Whale. Then they quite often sign their posts as 'Sic Transit Gloria' (phrase from Wes Anderson's Rushmore). Even their music style (a pop-folk mix) brings memories of Belle & Sebastian or the Magic Numbers. What else do you need to make this band an instant favorite? Well, perhaps some really amazing music and a stunning new album!
The First Days of Spring (coming out September 1st on Mercury label) is simply my favorite summer album. I've listened to it endless times during the last couple of weeks while on holiday and I came to love it. After their debut last year (Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down) Noah have come back with a hurt soul and a musical jewel. Both female singers have left the band since their debut with Laura Marling leaving front-man Charlie Fink with a broken heart. This more than obviously inspires him throughout the album and probably throughout the forthcoming film that will accompany it. Beautiful melodies, great orchestrations and a dreamy journey from these Londoners that is simply perfect. Enjoy!