Palehound Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
The fourth release in Saddle Creek’s ‘Document’ series - other drops have come from Yr Heart, Kismet and New Streets - sees the label hone in on Boston’s Palehound. Group leader Ellen Kempner is a magnetic presence, bringing guts and emotion to the well-worn DIY pop stylings of her songs. Her short-of-breath performance really carries the chirpy b-side ‘Sea of Blood’.
The kids are coming up from behind… Ellen Kempner is a very skilled 21-year old, which means she combines the ability to sound just as you want your punkish-indie singer-songwriters to sound with the electric energy of youth. Dry Food is her debut full-length under the Palehound moniker, out on Heavenly.
Palehound, which is basically just songwriter and guitarist Ellen Kempner, release Molly on vinyl 7” through Heavenly records. Although the stand-out feature is Kempner’s jagged and wired guitar playing, this miniature indie classic is also powered by tight repetitive bass, groovy drumming and distinctive vocals.