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Palehound “Cushioned Caging” Drops

Thomas Bellflower July 27, 2015

Ellen Kempner, the 21-year-old guitarist and songwriter behind Boston based project, Palehound, will release the highly anticipated debut full-length album Dry Food on August 14 via Exploding in Sound Records. The album has been making waves, with early accolades from NPR All Songs Considered , Rolling Stone , Impose Magazine , SPIN and many more

Palehound previously shared album cuts “ Molly” and “ Healthier Folk”. Today she shares “Cushioned Caging” which finds Kempner’s crystaline vocals set on top of crashing drums and walls of reverb, truly allowing her voice to shine.

Cushioned Caging ” premiered with NPR today.

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. 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. 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.

National Tour Dates

^ = w/ Basement, LVL UP & Adventures
* = w/ Gardens & Villa 

8/1: Boston, MA @ Grandma’s House
w/ Arm Candy, Ursula, Laika’s Orbit & Bad Boys
8/2: Easthampton, MA @ The Flywheel w/ Arm Candy & Laika’s Orbit
8/9: Atlanta, GA @ Parts Unknown w/ Femignome, and Pretty Boy
8/10: Orlando, FL @ The Social ^
8/11: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall ^
8/12: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Back Room ^
8/13: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
8/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
8/16: Boston, MA @ Royale ^
8/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater ^
8/22: Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair (“Exploding In Sound Extended Weekend” show)
w/ Krill, Big Ups, and Stove
9/3: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Mug w/ LVL Up, Eskimeaux
9/4: Annandale-On-Hudson, NY @ The Root Cellar w/ LVL Up, O Face, Pleistocene
9/5: Syracuse, NY @ Scarier Dome
9/6: Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
9/8: Ann Arbor, MI @ TBA
9/9: Kalamazoo, MI @ Millhouse
9/11: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
9/17: Austin, TX @ The Parish*
9/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
9/19: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/20: New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa*
9/22: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
9/23: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Back Room*
9/24: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
9/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
9/26: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*

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