Live Video: Hey Marseilles at CMJ

photo by Benjamin Mobley

Seattle band Hey Marseilles plays gracefully crafted pop songs that rise and fall with the swelling of viola, cello, and guitar. While they are at face-value reminiscent of fellow Northwest band The Decemberists, they play a blend of stately pop-folk with their own unique depth to elevate solid songs to a very moving, earnestly romantic place. Their live seven-person lineup does a great job approximating the many-layered beauty of their studio recordings, but their live show is also a nice chance to hear the cello and viola of Samuel Anderson and Jacob Anderson, respectively, (as well as the other instruments) more isolated in the mix than in the studio. The result is eloquent. What often starts with just a delicate stirring of Matt Bishop’s voice and strings rises to a rousing, shaker-fueled piece of nostalgic and quietly powerful chamber pop. Hey Marseilles has just finished a national tour, during which they performed three songs for KEXP’s broadcast at CMJ in New York, check out more photos from the session here and watch the videos below.

Full performance:

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