“Palehound’s Ellen Kempner has spent the past four years building up one of the most distinct styles in indie rock.” – Rolling Stone, “Song You Need to Know”
“Palehound’s Ellen Kempner has established herself as a prolific and distinguished voice in indie rock, winning over fans with her razor-sharp technique and poignant lyricism.” – NPR
” …emanates with persistent compassion, an invitation to embrace transformation of all types.” –FADER
“sweet and sincere, empathetic and hopelessly devoted to letting everyone be their best self.” – Stereogum
Boston-based trio Palehound have unveiled a new song/video ‘Worthy‘ off their forthcoming album viaPAPERMagazine.
With ‘Worthy,’ prolific singer/songwriter EllenKempner continues to imbue her thoughtful narrative voice on the much-anticipated album BlackFriday due out Friday 7th June via Remote Control. It speaks to the challenge of navigating self-confidence issues in relationships, and delicately showcases Kempner’slyrical finesse (“And I’ve won over your mother, darling/And I’ve won over your sister too/And I won over your father, darling/And I still don’t feel worthy of you”).
Detailed by Kempner, the song is “about feeling unworthy of love even within a relationship. It’s about years of being conditioned to hate my body and the shock of finding someone who isn’t telling me to change. Choosing to believe the person who believes in you is a wild journey especially when it correlates with ebb and flow of a partnership. The video, directed by RobertKolodny, is a continuation of the video for “Aaron“. It’s the same characters but in this one I am mask-less and talking my way towards my companion, our shrinking distance represented by a string that ties us together. “
Black Friday is a finespun exploration of all the forms that love can take. The third full-length from 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.
With BlackFriday 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 announced BlackFriday alongside lead single/video ‘Aaron,’ a song Kempner wrote for her partner in the midst of his transitioning process, and previously shared ‘Killer‘
Palehound examines the intricacies of friendship and partnership all throughout BlackFriday, handling the subject with a level of attention rarely found in pop songs. Co-produced by Kempner and GabeWax(Beirut, Soccer Mommy), she and her bandmates JesseWeiss (drums) and LarzBrogan (bass) recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, California, tracking most of the songs live and breathing new vitality into Palehound’s elegantly detailed sound.
Palehound – Black Friday
3. Black Friday
6. Where We Live
9. Urban Drip
10. Stick N Pole
11. The City
12. In Town
Palehound – Black Friday is out Friday 7th June via Remote Control Records.