"Now we're born again," sings Zach Rogue on the closing track of Rogue Wave's fourth studio album, Permalight.

The dreamy acoustic lament lasts just over a minute but in sound and spirit it neatly sums up everything that comes before it. A punchy, deceptively effervescent set of multi-instrumental pop tunes, the Northern California band's latest set represents a giant breakthrough for Rogue and his longtime musical partner, drummer-keyboardist-vocalist Pat Spurgeon.

Seven-piece Seattle band Hey Marseilles has left fans clamoring for new material since their 2008 debut To Travels & Trunks. With Matt Bishop's lyrical wayfaring abutting an instrumental palette that embraced folk tradition—accordion, strings, and horns; gypsy, Gallic, and classical— To Travels & Trunks gave musical voice to the universal longing for unfettered freedom. NPR called the record "sublime and heartfelt."
Quickly gaining a following by touring and appearing at several festivals, Hey Marseilles is now on tour with a new album released in February called Lines We Trace.
"These songs articulate a sense of longing, but it's a longing to appreciate what's in front of you as opposed to finding meaning in somewhere or someone else," says Bishop. "It's about finding and creating home where you're at and as you are."

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. "With our first record, we were inspired by traditional folk instrumentation and arrangements, but at our core we were trying to make solid pop songs," Bishop explains. "We see this album as a continuation of that goal, but we hope the arrangements reflect our maturation as musicians and songwriters." An update. A progression. A musical analog to a line in "Looking Back": If you're looking back that's all you'll ever see.

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Rogue Wave with Hey Marseilles

Thursday, July 18 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Wonder Ballroom