Blending art-rock with an indie forward motion, Philidelphian four piece Palm mix a discordant version of Battles polyrhythmic picks and sweeps nearer to Nitikowski and the odd tweeness of Deerhoof. There is a definite comparison to be made with Nnamdi Ogbonnaya but with added psych. Second full length available via Carpark.
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'Walkie Talkie' the opening track on this 12" by this wildly promising New York band is the most refreshing thing since the wind last blew. The stunning inter-tangled guitars and crazed rhythm section build the sort of math rock that manages to be both heartfelt and very clever indeed. It twists and turns in all directions, the male/female twined vocals adding a human softness just in case you were thinking these were emotionless math twiddlers. The title track showcases the comparisons to Deerhoof which are perfectly apt but I'm finding this a more emotional ride than those crazy guys. First up its tuneful, beautifully tuneful - the vocals stretch over the splintered guitars perfectly.
They describe their music as 'broken pop' and who am I to disagree? For all the angular compositions and tight guitar pyrotechnics Palm have the sort of fondness for hooks that is also seen in bands like Women, it's the place where experiments meet melody but don't get me wrong - this ain't another addition to the post Women/Viet Cong enthusiasts that have sprung up in the last few years. This sound has familiar elements (Beefheart, the Minutemen, Battles, Pylon, 90s emo) but splays it out into unheard shapes.
We slept on their debut LP 'Trading Basics'. We won't make the same mistake with this.
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