Free Music! Bouncing indie pop from Noah and the Whale

It's hard to get a handle on the London rock band

. Just when you think you've figured out what they're up to, they change.

On the band's 2008 debut album "Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down" Charlie Fink and friends gave us tuneful acoustic indie-

pop music

with smart lyrics and thrift-store instrumentation. Its charms were slow-growing, they didn't beat you over the head. Despite the subtlety, it was a winner.

Following that up, the group produced "The First Days of Spring," a generally dark album that included songs inspired by Fink's break-up with girlfriend and former bandmate

Laura Marling

. The sunny pop was gone, replaced by songs of quiet desperation.

Thankfully, Mr. Fink and his fellow Whalers seem to be feeling better these days. The band's album released back in March, "Last Night on Earth," includes bubbly pop and dance grooves.

A remix of the album's lead track is today's free download.

Click the downward arrow button on the right side of the player to get the free tune.

Here's a press release that reports on the band's plans for a fall tour. Sorry, no Virginia dates are listed.


Noah and the Whale Announce Fall Tour Dates

The London band Noah and the Whale are pleased to announce new Fall North American tour dates for November, including stops in the United States, Canada, and


. The tour will include stops at major markets including


, Boston, and San Francisco, as well as two straight nights at


's Lincoln Hall. Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday, September 9. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

Playing at this year's


, the band found their set to be a huge success, with Time Out Chicago singing the band's praises, noting "Noah and the Whale has moved far beyond the folk-centric sound of its debut

Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down

, which paved the way for bands like Mumford & Sons, and here the combo synth/acoustic sound world sounded positively brilliant on tunes like "Just Before We Met." Others, like "Blue Skies," abounding in introspection and pathos, translated effectively even under the midday sun. Bands may be at the mercy of their assigned time of day, but Noah and the Whale proved once again that great music is, quite simply, great music."

This tour is part of continued support following the 2011 release of the band's third album,

Last Night On Earth

. The album was released on March 15


via Mercury/Island Def Jam. The first single from

Last Night On Earth

, "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N."has an accompanying music video which you can watch

. You can also watch the band's impressive in-studio live performance of new song "Give It All Back"


The band recently premiered Yuksek's remix of "Life Is Life," which is available for free download via SoundCloud.

says the remix is "smiles and sun all around" and we couldn't agree more.  Listen to Yuksek's fantastic remix and then check out the most recent music video for the album version of the single.

You can purchase

Last Night On Earth




Noah and the Whale Tour Dates:

Nov 05


, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Nov 06 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts

Nov 08 Toronto, ONT @



Nov 09 Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College

Nov 11 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Nov 12 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

Nov 13


, WI @ Turner Hall

Nov 14


, MN @ First Ave Nightclub

Nov 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

Nov 18 Vancouver, BC @ Venue


Nov 19


, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Nov 21 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

Nov 22 Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues

Nov 24 Monterrey, MEX Escenica

Nov 25 Guadalajara, MEX Teatro Diana

Nov 26

Mexico City

, MEX Plaza Condesa