RIYL: Cherry Glazerr, The Coathangers, L.A. Witch
Label: Polyvinyl Records
Palehound’s dynamicÂ Ellen Kempner is a brilliant writer and lyricist who can bring any topic to life. The lead single has an emotional sincerity through her lyrics and guitar work, while still harnessing a head bobbing tune that discusses the loss of love and it’s self-harming nature. Arguably the most underrated band around, Palehound is putting out theirÂ 3rd studio album,Â Black Friday,Â through Polyvinyl Records on their “Early Bird” Light Blue w/Yellow and Orange splatter vinyl. This should be something pretty exciting to listen to.
Co-produced by Kempner and Gabe Wax (Beirut, Soccer Mommy),Â Black FridayÂ follows 2017â€™sÂ A Place Iâ€™ll Always Goâ€”a widely acclaimed release that landed on many year-end best-of lists. In creating the album, Kempner and her bandmates Jesse Weiss (drums) and Larz Brogan (bass) recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, California, tracking most of the songs live and breathing a new vitality into Palehoundâ€™s elegantly detailed sound.
Unrestrained in emotion but subtle in sonic flourish,Â Black FridayÂ opens with the stripped-back intensity of â€śCompany,â€ť the first of many songs conveying a profound longing for a lost friend. From there, Palehound shift into the joyful wonder of â€śAaron,â€ť a song Kempner wrote for her partner in the midst of his transitioning process. â€śItâ€™s about the past year of him coming out and me helping him through that, and just watching him grow so much,â€ť she says. With her hushed yet urgent vocals, Kempner reveals her ability to draw so much power from a single word, turning â€śAaronâ€ť into an indelibly tender expression of devotion and love.
Palehound examine the intricacies of friendship and partnership all throughoutÂ Black Friday, handling the subject with a level of attention rarely found in pop songs. On the quietly hypnotic title track, Kempner captures the specific ache of uneven emotional investment between friends, framing her plaintive acceptance in particularly barbed lyrics (â€śYouâ€™re Black Friday and Iâ€™m going to the mallâ€ť). And on â€śWorthy,â€ť Palehound speak to the challenge of navigating self-confidence issues in relationships, and delicately showcase Kempnerâ€™s lyrical finesse (â€śAnd Iâ€™ve won over your mother, darling/And Iâ€™ve won over your sister too/And I won over your father, darling/And I still donâ€™t feel worthy of youâ€ť).
180-Gram Light Blue w/ Light Yellow and Orange Splatter
Limited to 400.
Includes 12" x 12" lyric insert.
shipping out on or around June 7, 2019
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive