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Five miles south of downtown Seattle is the neighborhood of Columbia City—a leafy stretch of old brownstones and new condos which, according to local legend and loosely interpreted census data, boasts the most diverse zip code in America. Not far from Columbia City's main drag, amidst a swirl of languages and colors and food and accents, sits a 100-year-old, two-story house that's home to the world-weary, seven-piece orchestral-pop ensemble known as Hey Marseilles.

World-weary in spirit if not in practice: Hey Marseilles first won hearts across the US 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."

A lot has changed in the world since 2010—that house in Columbia City, for instance. The vacillations of the economy allowed Hey Marseilles violist Jacob Anderson to acquire it in 2011; he and his younger brother, cellist and producer Sam Anderson, helped renovate it. Since then, most of the band has lived in it, and the entirety of their new album was written and recorded in it. Not surprisingly, Lines We Trace is not about going out and searching. It's about finding you’re already where you need to be.

Make your way back home again, Bishop sings on the dusky ballad "Café Lights." I am here still.

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…

Throughout, Philip Kobernik’s accordion is less pronounced than previously, Nick Ward’s guitar more so. The result is less old-world, more new school. An update. A progression. A musical analog to a line Bishop sings in "Looking Back": If you’re looking back that’s all you’ll ever see.

Six years after Bishop first got together with Kobernik and Ward to jam at Seattle's Gasworks Park, Hey Marseilles is an experienced band with a slew of major festivals (Bumbershoot, Sasquatch!) and a national tour under its belt. They've come a long way—only to find themselves back home.

Put another way, as Lines We Trace suggests, sometimes you don’t have to go far to find a meaningful experience. Sometimes the comfort of the familiar is all you need to grow.
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Hey Marseilles to release Lines We Trace Deluxe Edition

Seattle sextet Hey Marseilles are set to release the Deluxe Edition of their sophomore album Lines We Trace digitally on October 22 through Dine Alone in Canada. It features four unreleased tracks, including a live version of “Looking Back” from the Fuel/Friends Chapel Session, and the hauntingly poignant "Lift Your Eyes," which can be heard below:

exclaim.ca target="_blank">Click to hear "Lift Your Eyes" via Exclaim! Magazine

Lines We Trace (Deluxe Edition) features 16 songs overflowing with ornate orchestration, memorable melodies and honest lyricism, and is the follow up to critically acclaimed To Travels & Trunks lauded by the likes of Paste, NME, Seattle Weekly, Popmatters, and Under The Radar. Featuring Matt Bishop (vox/guitar), Philip Kobernik (keys/accordion), Nick Ward (guitar) Colin Richey (drums) and brothers Jacob Anderson (viola) and Sam Anderson (cello), Hey Marseilles produce a lush wall of orchestral sound using cello, viola, trumpet, accordion, clarinets, piano, guitar and drums. It's music that's intimate, introspective, or as Exclaim! notes, delivers "the same kind of roots-y flair as fellow Washingtonites Fleet Foxes, but with the candid romanticism of Ben Gibbard and the Decemberists."
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Hey Marseilles to hit summer festival circuit

It's that time of year again - festival season is back with a fury! This summer, the guys of Hey Marseilles will be making their festival rounds with a bunch of North American dates slated from July to September. The string of fests includes two Canadian stops at Toronto's Edgefest and Victoria's Rifflandia Festival, as well as two sets at the coveted Newport Folk Festival to be streamed live via NPR. Catch the Seattle natives at one of the festival dates below and view a full list of stops and ticket info bit.ly target="_blank">HERE.

HEY MARSEILLES FESTIVAL DATES
July 26 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival (Second set added + NPR Live stream)
July 28 - Seattle, WA - The Capitol Hill Block Party
July 31 - Toronto, ON - Edgefest
Aug 2 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Sept 12 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
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Hey Marseilles' Lines We Trace available now

The Seattle orchestral pop outfit's new album, Lines We Trace, is now digitally available on Dine Alone Records. Watch the video for the band's haunting first single, "Bright Stars Burning,"youtu.be target="_blank">HERE.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click to grab Lines We Trace on iTunes.

Lines We Trace was recorded and produced by the band and cellist Anderson in the group’s Seattle home and mixed by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, REM, My Morning Jacket) and Martin Feveyear. In order to capture some of the album’s picturesque sounds, Anderson tracked instruments in various alternative recording spaces: a tunnel in Golden Gardens Park, the living room of an historic mansion, and a show room in the old Columbia City Theater, amongst others. The album also includes two instrumentals that showcase the unique orchestral chamber pop (or “folkestra” as the band likes to say) that has become the group’s signature sound.

Along with a massive US tour beginning in June, and a slot at Lollapalooza 2013, Hey Marseilles will jump to Canada on July 17, at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret, and July 31 in Toronto for Edgefest 2013. View all tour dates dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.
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Dine Alone welcomes Hey Marseilles

Dine Alone Records is proud to announce the addition of Seattle sextet Hey Marseilles to their roster. The band's sophomore album, Lines We Trace will be released digitally via Dine Alone in Canada on April 23, 2013.

Lines We Trace features 12 songs overflowing with ornate orchestration, memorable melodies and honest lyricism, and is the follow up to critically acclaimed To Travels & Trunks lauded by the likes of Paste, NME, Popmatters, and Under The Radar.

soundcloud.com target="_blank">Click to hear the band's haunting first single, "Bright Stars Burning."

Featuring Matt Bishop (vox/guitar), Philip Kobernik (keys/accordion), Nick Ward (guitar) Colin Richey (drums) and brothers Jacob Anderson (viola) and Sam Anderson (cello), Hey Marseilles produce a lush wall of orchestral sound using cello, viola, trumpet, accordion, clarinets, piano, guitar and drums. Together they create music that is intimate, poignant, and introspective, while simultaneously high-spirited, stimulating and addictive.

Lines We Trace was recorded and produced by the band and cellist Anderson in the group’s Seattle home and mixed by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, REM, My Morning Jacket) and Martin Feveyear. In order to capture some of the album’s picturesque sounds, Anderson tracked instruments in various alternative recording spaces: a tunnel in Golden Gardens Park, the living room of an historic mansion, and a show room in the old Columbia City Theater, amongst others. The album also includes two instrumentals that showcase the unique orchestral chamber pop (or “folkestra” as the band likes to say) that has become the group’s signature sound.

youtu.be target="_blank">Click to watch "Hey Marseilles Makes an Album."

Regardless of any moniker placed on the group’s style, one thing remains abundantly clear: Hey Marseilles has a penchant for making records that seems uniquely ‘uncategorizable’ yet exceedingly accessible. From the flutter of the clarinets in the opening track, “Tides” to the pulsating rhythm of “Dead Of Night” or the wait-for-it drums in the single “Heart Beats” and haunting melody of “Bright Stars Burning” Hey Marseilles keeps the listener nodding, waltzing and swaying along for the entire 48 minutes.

Along with a massive US tour beginning in June, and a slot at Lollapalooza 2013, Hey Marseilles will jump to Canada on July 17, at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret, and July 31 in Toronto for Edgefest 2013. View all tour dates dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.
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