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Palehound “Healthier Folk” Drops

Thomas Bellflower July 15, 2015

2nd Album Single “Healthier Folk” Drops w/ SPIN

Catch Them LIVE On Summer Tour!

Debut LP Dry Food Released 8/14 via Exploding In Sound

Ellen Kempner, the 21-year-old guitarist and songwriter behind Boston based project, Palehound, is even more prodigious than her age suggests. On the heels of the critically acclaimed Bent Nail EP and a national tour with Speedy Ortiz, Palehound will release the highly anticipated debut full-length album Dry Food on August 14 via Exploding in Sound Records.

Album opener & lead single Molly won critical praise including being featured in weekly round-ups by SPIN , Stereogum & Consequence of Sound + Rolling Stone’s ‘Playlist’. Slowing down the tempo but not the energy, new single “ Healthier Folk” is lead by moody, lackadaisical vocals supported with a bright and grungy sound.

Revealed by SPIN today, “ Healthier Folk
is available to post & share HERE .

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

7/25: Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn w/ Aye Nako, In School & Vagabond
8/01: Boston, MA @ TBA w/ Arm Candy, Ursula, Laika’s Orbit & Bad Boys
8/8: Charleston, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
w/ ET Anderson, The Ugly Chords, and Debbie & The Skanks
8/9: Atlanta, GA @ Parts Unknown w/ Femignome, and Pretty Boy
8/10: Orlando, FL @ The Beacham  ^
8/11: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall  ^
8/12: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle  ^
8/13: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club  ^
8/14: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer  ^
8/16: Boston, MA @ Royale  ^
8/17: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza  ^

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