by Whale Fall

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Glenn Ryan
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Glenn Ryan What a fantastic album. Whale Fall know when to push and when to pull it back. Great melodies and music that invites you to be carried through. Can’t wait for my LP to arrive!
David Beiszer
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David Beiszer Infinite gratitude to Whale Fall, for once again delivering a phenomenal album of majestic, life-affirming songs. I can’t speak highly enough of Sondersongs, or their first two albums, for that matter. Support this amazing band, purchase this album, and find yourself throwing your hands up to the heavens in sheer joy! I gobble this up morning, noon, and night! Can’t get enough! Long live Whale Fall.
Michael Reilly
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Michael Reilly Beautiful compositions featuring plenty of piano (which is a very good thing!) There's a genuine emotional connection generated by these songs – they're uplifting and honest, with many memorable highlights. Favorite track: This Cat Has No Moral Compass.
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Karmahum Excellent, from start to finish. Well worth the wait. And that album cover, seriously! Amazing! Favorite track: Reservoirs.
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Jingonation This was an instant buy for me...their previous work is phenomenal and I could tell by the first track that this was no exception. MORE HORNS (LOL).
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    The preferred format for this release. Pressed on white vinyl and housed in a beautiful "old-style tip-on" jacket, this LP ships in a high-quality poly-bag for longterm storage and includes free WF Sondersongs stickers and immediate download.

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    We wanted to come up with a shirt that felt like a comfortably soft old favorite with a subtle design that didn't scream WHALE FALL while still conveying the Sondersongs vibe. This is the result: quite simply the most comfortable shirt we've ever worn (but with mating swifts on it).

    Single-color turquoise ink lightly printed on Next-Level Apparel "heavy metal gray" blanks - like an old black t-shirt faded to perfection after 30 years of wear.

    These are fitted tees so consider sizing up if you are in-between sizes. Available in both men's and women's sizes/cuts.

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    We appreciate each and every one of you who spends your time with our music and can't thank you enough for your support (and purchase). It means everything to us.

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"Sondersongs" by Whale Fall

On the third album from Los Angeles-based Whale Fall, the band's sound continues to evolve, embracing tonalities familiar to listeners of their previous work, as well as nods to a wider array of genres and shades of decades past. The tracks on "Sondersongs" — the band's first single LP following two double albums — feature elements of post-rock, dream pop, new wave, psych, folk, indie, solo piano, and classic rock, colliding across 10 cinematic instrumental tracks.

Recorded in El Sereno with engineer/producer Eric Palmquist (who manned the boards for their debut), "Sondersongs" considers the difference and similarities between each of us: strangers until we aren't; extras in one another's lives or perfect soulmates; the unknown depth of each of us barely sensed until it comes to light unexpectedly.

As defined by The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the word "sonder" means:

"the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own — populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness — an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk"

The ethos of these Sondersongs encompasses stability and change, union and dissolution, each of us holding our own story within us as they collide with the stories of those around us — joining, supporting, breaking away, or tearing apart. The emotional arc of the album evokes the structure, bonds, and divisions between all of us, and ultimately the realization that we all share the same human story at the depth of ourselves.


released June 26, 2018

Aaron Farinelli - Drums & Percussion
Ali Vazin - Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Dave Pomeranz - Electric Guitar
Erik Tokle - Bass, Electric Guitar & Atmospherics
J. Matt Greenberg - Keyboards, Cornet, Fluegelhorn, Melodica & Glockenspiel

Artyom Manukyan - Cello
Josh Johnson - Alto Saxophone
Jonah Levine - Trombone

Produced by Whale Fall & Eric Palmquist
Engineered by Eric Palmquist at Palmquist Studios
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound

Cover art by Whale Fall featuring illustration "Common Swifts in the Act of Copulation" by Ad Cameron (1976)

All tracks composed by Whale Fall, Los Angeles, California


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Whale Fall Los Angeles, California

Based in Los Angeles, California, Whale Fall is an instrumental post-rock group featuring traditional rock instrumentation interfused with more pastoral strokes of piano, cello, brass, and occasional analog synth.

Their first two LPs and newest release "Sondersongs" are available here at Bandcamp in vinyl, CD, and digital formats.
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