Signs to Heavenly Recordings
Dry Food due 4th March
Featuring “Molly” + “Healthier Folk”
“Dry Food confronts the point it’s been evading: kidding yourself is no way to recover, and comfort offers little impetus to move on. Palehound’s discomfiting, unflinching debut suggests she knew it all along.” – Pitchfork (8.0)
“a softly clattering record that finds a superb middle ground between Pavement’s laid back indie and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ blistering art-punk.” – NME
“… a dynamic new artist capable of embodying wide-eyed empathy and the all-consuming yearn of youth, while still demonstrating wisdom beyond her years. The most exciting part of all: Palehound is only beginning.” – NPR, First Listen
“The way some people have a way with words, Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner has a way with a guitar: Looped lines tumble out in the knotty configurations worthy of a sailor’s handiwork, or maybe of academic writing.” – SPIN Album Of The Week
”Palehound’s Dry Food is one of the best albums this year because it doesn’t reinvent any wheels so much as the axis the wheels spin on.” – The Observer
Ellen Kempner, the 21-year-old guitarist and songwriter behind Boston based project,Palehound, is even more prodigious than her age suggests. On the heels of the critically acclaimed Bent Nail EP and tour with Speedy Ortiz, Palehound is pleased to announce the highly anticipated UK release of her debut full-length album, Dry Food, due 4th March on Heavenly Recordings.
Recorded with Gabe Wax (Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz), the album is full of sonic and emotional twist in turns as it was written at a time in Kempner’s life that was defined by instability and uncertainty. Dry Food is highlighted by Kempner’s whispery alto voice and sophisticated musicianship, which gives the album a raw, confessional feel, even on louder, rattling tracks.
“Molly” bursts open the record with a static earworm of a bass line, fuzzed-out guitar textures, and a melodic hook standing as a snapshot of the deliciously unpredictable compositions to follow. “Healthier Folk” slows down the tempo but not the energy, as the moody, lackadaisical vocals are supported with a bright and grungy sound. The glistening and complex guitar work on the dreamy “Cinnamon” showcase Kempner’s musicianship while making it evident that her musical roots grow deep. Where as, “Cushioned Caging” finds her crystaline vocals set on top of crashing drums and walls of reverb, truly allowing her voice to shine.
In celebration of the release of Dry Food in the UK, Palehound shares a brand new live performance of the title track, shot by Paste in New York last month:
Palehound – Dry Food via Paste Magazine
Palehound mastermind Ellen Kempner played everything on Dry Food aside from the drum parts, and is joined live by drummer Jesse Weiss (Grass is Green) and bassist Nick Koechel. While the album chronicles a particularly rough time in Kempner’s life, it does so with verve and grit, not to mention sterling musicianship and wry lyrics.
Dry Food is a flag-plant by a young woman with a lot on her mind and talent to burn.