Remote Control Records is proud to announce that Black Friday, the third full-length album from Boston-based trio Palehound, will be released Friday 7th June via Remote Control Records in Australia & New Zealand. Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner imbues her thoughtful narrative voice on the much-anticipated album Black Friday. The record is a finespun exploration of all the forms that love can take: love between friends, love for people no longer in your life, love in the face of self-hate, love that endures through major life changes or through many tiny catastrophes.
Palehound has shared the video for ‘Aaron‘, a song Kempner wrote for her partner in the midst of his transitioning process. “Aaron is a character that represents my partner, who is trans. It’s not specific to his experience though, the song is about change in relation to our bodies in general,” she says. “It’s about learning to be comfortable in our skins, whether that means changing our bodies or mindsets. Robert Kolodny directed the video and captured this theme perfectly through portraying physical insecurity as living in an unruly, amorphous body and gradually shedding it.” The video is a House of Nod Production, directed by Robert Kolodny and with masks created by Gaudmother. With her hushed yet urgent vocals, Kempner harnesses her ability to draw so much power from a single word, turning ‘Aaron’ into an indelibly tender expression of devotion and love.
With Black Friday building off the emotional complexity of its predecessor, Palehound hope that the album might help others to work through their own troubles in life and love of all kinds. “Making music’s always been a therapeutic thing for me—that’s such a big part of the reason why I do it in the first place,”says Kempner. “What I always want to do with my songs is to help people heal in some way, or come to some new understanding about whatever it is that they’re going through. Even if it’s just hearing a song and feeling less alone than they were before, that would mean so much to me.”
Palehound examine the intricacies of friendship and partnership all throughout Black Friday, handling the subject with a level of attention rarely found in pop songs. Co-produced by Kempner and Gabe Wax(Beirut, Soccer Mommy), she 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 Palehound’s elegantly detailed sound.
Palehound is set to continue her ascent as one of the most compelling voices in indie rock.