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Madeline Kenney
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Jul 31, 2017




Boston’s Palehound, lead by fierce vocalist and prolific creative force Ellen Kempner, has announced the sophomore album A Place I'll Always Go, to be released June 16 on Polyvinyl Record Co. A frank look at love and loss, cushioned by indelible hooks and gently propulsive, fuzzed-out rock, Kempner explains "A lot of it is about loss and learning how to let yourself evolve past the pain and the weird guilt that comes along with grief." A Place I'll Always Gobuilds on the promise of Palehound's critically acclaimed 2015 album Dry Food with songs that breathe Kempner’s evolved maturity, while asserting her core artistic fire.

"Flowing Over” rides a sweetly hooky guitar line, with Kempner using the upper register of her voice as a sort of anxious counterpoint to the riff's infectious melody. On the swirling "If You Met Her" Kempner deals with death by reflect on the fragility of life and the recognition that time marches on. And with that time, she finds the light that gradually dawns after tragedy—illustrated by the bass-heavy "Room" which describes a blossoming love.

Since forming in 2014, Palehound—Kempner, drummer Jesse Weiss (Spook The Herd), and new bassist Larz Brogan—have taken their plainspoken, technique-heavy indie rock from the basements of Boston to festivals around the world. A Place I'll Always Go was recorded at the Brooklyn complex Thump Studios with the assistance of Gabe Wax, who recorded Dry Food. Part of what makes A Place I'll Always Go so striking is the way it channels feelings of anxiety—heart-racing moments both exhilarating and crushing—into songs that feel well-worn and comforting.