Sydney Eloise & the Palms featured at CMJ, debut LP Faces out Sept. 22 via The Cottage Recording Co.

Sydney Eloise & the Palms featured at CMJ, debut LP Faces out Sept. 22 via The Cottage Recording Co.


*Listen to Sydney Eloise & the Palms…

“Reckless” at CMJ

“Tell Me What I Want to Hear” at PopMatters

“Comes to an End” at PureVolume

“Too Soon” at Glide Magazine

“Outta My Hands” at Vents Magazine

RIYL: Neko Case, George Harrison, Phil Spector, Natalie Prass, Father John Misty, Rilo Kiley

Sydney Eloise & the Palms have announced the release of their debut album, Faces, out 9/22 on LP & CD from The Cottage Recording Co. and on cassette from Bear Kids Recordings. The new group has already made quite a splash, debuting music at five different outlets in the first week of their album cycle—CMJ, PopMatters, PureVolume, Glide Magazine and Vents Magazine, who have collectively compared Sydney Eloise & the Palms to an impressive list of iconic artists and indie-press darlings including Jenny Lewis, Natalie Prass, George Harrison, Neko Case, Phil Spector and Fleetwood Mac.

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From the opening “Be My Baby”-style drumbeat and retro-modern psychedelic swirls of lead track “Always Sailing,” Faces is searching and bittersweet, a classic-pop meditation from the visionary twentysomething next door. A vivid sonic slide-show carousel of a record, its mix of words and music paint tiny, episodic masterpieces in technicolor.

Sydney Eloise is at once catalyst, vessel and torchbearer. With her close friends and collaborators—co-producers Damon Moon and Chandler Galloway—she spent an entire year building and rebuilding Faces in the studio until it felt just right, the end result a delicate ship in a bottle of Fernet-Branca, a charming contemporary pastiche that draws tastefully from every decade of recorded music since the 1950s, right up ’til the present day. Inside the record’s lush layers of daydreamy sound, you’ll find a musical education—’50s “Earth Angel” balladry, Phil Spector-style Walls of Sound, heady ’60s psych pop, ’70s Laurel Canyon country dusted with post-Beatles George Harrison sonics, unmistakable Fleetwood Mac-isms and crystalline ABBA-style pop, subtle ’80s production flourishes, glistening ’90s-alt country and ’00s indie pop a la Neko Case and Rilo Kiley. Layers upon layers, worlds within worlds—visions of boot-clad go-go girls shimmying in perfect beehive mini-skirt bliss in a snow globe inside of a snow globe inside of a snow globe.

Sydney Eloise. Photo courtesy of The Cottage Recording Co.

“Timeless and contemporary … utilizes a classic pop formula to perfection, making it sound fresh and vibrant.” – PopMatters

“Haunting and emotional … on par with Jenny Lewis’ best.” – Vents Magazine

“Sydney Eloise & the Palms yearn for the golden age of pop—the ‘60s and ‘70s when Phil Spector reigned king—and they’re doing their best to put a modern spin on it. Mixing that with current influences like Rilo Kiley and up-and-coming indie darling Natalie Prass, Sydney’s debut album Faces is filled with lush instrumentation and whimsical vocal harmonies led by her sultry voice.” – PureVolume

“Music that borders on timelessness with ingredients of alt-country, soul and rock led by a pitch perfect voice.” – Glide Magazine

“Ambles along like the dusky moods of Neko Case dragged through some valerian root.” – CMJ

“Like Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino fronting Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, Sydney Eloise’s sugary sweet vocals are blanketed by the Palms’ well-layered melodies and wistful rhythms.”
– Immersive Atlanta

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Sydney Eloise & the Palms featured at CMJ, debut LP Faces out Sept. 22 via The Cottage Recording Co.