Much like their band name, Freelance Whales' lyrics are comprised of a number of incongruent ideas Superglued together to form something inexplicably charming. On the song "Ghosting" off their recent release Weathervanes (Frenchkiss), frontman Judah Dadone sings:
"But, oh, you caught me sleeping in the power sockets / You caught me mildew in the tiles of the bathroom / And, oh, you shot a glance like I was doing OK / Oh, I am never on my way."
And while none of that makes the slightest bit of sense, Dadone's Ben Gibbard-ish high voice backed by the horn-filled rainy-day vibe of American Football on "Ghosting," or the romantic bloops and blips of Her Space Holiday on "Starring," somehow smooths out all the kinks.
Though all of this layered instrumentation might sound a bit precious, those who caught the high-energy fivesome last fall with Fanfarlo won't be sleeping in the power sockets come Tuesday night.
With Fruit Bats and Vetiver, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, neurolux.com.