From the subways of Queens to somewhere in outer space, experimental indie folk band Freelance Whales showcases their ethereal sound with their newest album (released back in 2012), Diluvia, that “Absolute Punk” raves is “a celestial and cinematic tour-de-force” that “cements [the band’s] status as one of New York City's most creative and rewarding indie” groups. Once again travelling down the rocky path of a concept album, the band’s sophomore story this time focuses on space travel – which was inspired by movies and TV shows such as The NeverEnding Story and Battlestar Galactia. Their combination of dreamlike synths, echoey vocals, songs that connect seamlessly to one another and otherworldly lyrics take that science fiction vibe to a whole new level. The opening track off the album, titled “Aeolus”, sets up listeners for the astronomic journey. Lyrics such as “Peer into their insides (they glow) / with all the precious metals we dug up for / circuit boards and spaceships” paint a picture of foreign creatures and scientific machinery you thought you’d only find in a Ray Bradbury novel. “Follow Through”, track 3 on Diluvia, reveals unexpected raw emotion that makes it possible for anyone on any planet to connect to the tune. The gentle lullaby serenade of vocalist Judah Dadone slows down the galactic journey, taking listeners to that part of the science fiction novel where you start to realize the story is about more than just aliens and spaceships. “Follow Through” is about personal growth from an unsuccessful relationship – and lyrics like “I didn’t have to leave / I can see / I was hopeless and naïve” represent the learning experience that comes with the trial and error of relationships. The track starts off with abstract, eerie sounds that build on each other and patiently into a melody. Mysterious synths moan throughout the piece, while a glockenspiel beat and Dadone’s passionate wailing make up the bulk of the tune. It ends with rhythmic clapping that makes up the start to the next song, “Spitting Image”. The second to last track on the album, “DNA Bank” is not as much a song as it is a work of art. Again, it starts off with celestial swishes that build up to something much larger. This time, tranquil banjo plucking makes up the melody and synths carry the dreamlike state in which the story occurs. With a run time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds, Freelance Whales take their time in stringing together this extraterrestrial harmony, and its well worth each moment. Diluvia is one of those albums that requires careful listening. Taken separately, each song could provide perfect background music for an autumn road trip or an ideal addition to a sleep playlist on a rainy evening. As a whole, the record warrants your full attention, just like any science fiction movie would. Through the lyrics and the melodies, Diluvia sends listeners into a faraway galaxy full of adventure and illusory sentiment. With the multitude of deep layers of spacey synths and classic instruments, there is so much to be heard on every single track. If you’re looking for an album to captivate your every sense, Diluvia is the story for you.