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Simien The Whale / Press

“More than two years after walking into Grand Rapids’ Mackinaw Harvest Music studios with 17 songs to shape and winnow, Simien the Whale has emerged with a self-titled 10-track album that stands out as one of the region’s best of the year”

“Grand Rapids Indie Rockers, Simien the Whale, released a new full length self-titled album today. This funky rock album utilizes some really great effected guitar, and prominent bass lines give it quite a groove.”

“Having just turned six years old, Simien The Whale has matured. The Grand Rapids band – formed by co-songwriters Zachary Guy and Tory Peterson in 2006 – has backed off on the blog chronicling the awkwardly adolescent whale character sharing their same name, and focused on making music.”

“As Simien the Whale, Zachary Guy and Tory Peterson have long embraced a collaborative approach, bringing in players as needed to spice up their variegated music, á la the Gorillaz. But on their most ambitious "break-beat rock" project yet, they outdo themselves brilliantly with a self-titled collection recorded over the course of a year at Mackinaw Harvest Music. The 10-track album – displaying hints of Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Crowded House, shoegaze – cleverly unwinds pop hooks amid what Guy terms "tonal exploration," enhanced by different drummers and producers. Toss in its rhythmically soulful underpinnings and this could be one of the catchiest local albums you'll hear this year. Seriously.”