Hey Marseilles Performs Sunday In Goshen

418455522257The Seattle-based orchestral pop group, Hey Marseilles, is touring in support of its album Lines We Trace, and is scheduled to perform at 7: 30 p.m. this Sunday, June 16, at Ignition Garage, 120 E. Washington St., Goshen, Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
World-weary in spirit if not in practice, Hey Marseilles first won hearts across the U.S. with its 2010 debut, To Travels and Trunks, an album that reveled in the education and inspiration only globe-trotting exploration can provide. With Matt Bishop’s lyrical wayfaring abutting an instrumental palette that embraced folk tradition — accordion, strings, and horns; gypsy, Gallic, and classical — To Travels and Trunks gave musical voice to the universal longing for unfettered freedom. NPR called the record “sublime and heartfelt.”

The 12 songs on Lines We Trace represent a band steady enough in its sound —poignant, panoramic, unreservedly gorgeous — that it can expand beyond it. The string section that hums throughout “Elegy” — quintessentially sweeping, Hey Marseilles style — shifts into finely composed abstraction for the song’s final minute. Colin Richey’s skittering rhythm on “Bright Stars Burning” is a gentle breakbeat, a sly nod to atmospheric drum ‘n’ bass.

“Madrona” and the album-closing “Demian” are Hey Marseilles’ first fully instrumental songs, a pair of echo-laden piano-and-cello dirges that are simultaneously solemn and sumptuous. “Dead of Night” trots along on an almost-funky, waltzy swing and gives the album its titular lyric, trumpet triumphant as Bishop sings, The lines we trace have a thousand ends/We’ll count the ways we can’t begin/And stay in our homes, remain on our own.

PHOX will be the opening band on Sunday. Tickets cost $18 and can be purchased at Ignition, by phone at 574-971-8282 or online.

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