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Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale became a leading light in the British folk scene with the release of 2008's Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, their popular debut that cracked the U.K. Top Ten and spawned the hit single "5 Years Time." Formed in the southern suburbs of London, the band also attracted attention by serving as a launching pad for Laura Marling, who left the lineup to 2008 to launch an award-winning solo career. Noah and the Whale forged ahead in her absence, releasing albums that moved away from the band's folky bedrock while still maintaining a good amount of chart success. Originally comprised of Charlie Fink (vocals, guitar, harmonica, ukulele), Tom Hobden (fiddle), Matt "Urby Whale" Owens (harmonium, bass), Laura Marling (backing vocals), and Doug Fink (drums), the group began taking shape in 2006 in Twickenham. By early 2008, the bandmates had released several independent singles (including an early version of "5 Years Time") and attracted attention from Vertigo Records, who signed Noah and the Whale several months later. The band made its major-label debut that September with the summery, pastoral Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down. Released several weeks later in the United States, the album featured a re-recorded version of "5 Years Time," which peaked at number seven on the U.K. charts and helped expand the band's following at home and abroad. Marling exited the group several months after the album's release, though, and her relationship with Charlie Fink ended shortly thereafter. Both events inspired the group's second album, The First Days of Spring, which dealt heavily with Fink's breakup and gathered praise for its cinematic arrangements. Last Night on Earth followed in 2011, signaling a move beyond the folk-rock sound of the band's early material which was instigated by the departure of drummer -- and Charlie Fink's brother -- Doug Fink and the addition of guitarist Fred Abbott. Without a drummer they were forced to experiment with a drum machine, which produced much of the electronic influence found on Last Night on Earth. In the following year they recruited Michael Petulla on drums and toured the country. In 2013, the band announced their fourth record, Heart of Nowhere, which was also accompanied by a short film. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Noah and the Whale

    '00s Indie

    '00s Indie
    2 songs

Albums by
Noah and the Whale

Top Songs by
Noah and the Whale

  1.   Song
  2.   L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
  3.   5 Years Time
  4.   Blue Skies
  5.   Tonight's the Kind of Night
  6.   Life Is Life
  7.   Just Me Before We Met
  8.   All Through the Night
  9.   Shape of My Heart
  10.   There Will Come a Time
  11.   The First Days of Spring
  12.   2 Atoms in a Molecule
  13.   Lifetime
  14.   Waiting for My Chance to Come
  15.   Rocks and Daggers
  16.   Do What You Do
  17.   Not Too Late
  18.   Still, After All These Years
  19.   One More Night
  20.   Silver and Gold
  21.   Wild Thing
  22.   The Line
  23.   Paradise Stars
  24.   Old Joy
  25.   My Door Is Always Open
  26.   My Broken Heart
  27.   I Have Nothing
  28.   Mary
  29.   Instrumental I
  30.   Introduction
  31.   Instrumental II
  32.   Give a Little Love
  33.   Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
  34.   Second Lover
  35.   Hold My Hand as I'm Lowered
  36.   Jocasta
  37.   Now Is Exactly the Time
  38.   Give It All Back
  39.   Heart of Nowhere
  40.   Our Window
  41.   Slow Glass
  42.   Stranger
  43.   Love of an Orchestra
  44.   2 Bodies 1 Heart
  45.   Death by Numbers
  46.   Devil Town
  47.   Girlfriend in a Coma
  48.   If I Die Tonight
  49.   Jealous Kind of Love
  50.   Babies

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