The nervously invigorating Palm have impressed us plenty already and return with an obnoxiously captivating record in Rock Island. It swerves away from their common, jangly lexicon and then points back towards it, offering a noisy, danceable, jubilant and melancholic record of stutter pop. They make loops sound like they're being played over and over, one at a time.
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Jerky rhythm riders Palm navigate their songs as if they were F Zero levels -- from side to side they skirt, their guitars moving forward as if it were the same thing as winding backwards. This new record they’ve done, ‘Rock Island’, is a toast to straightline chaos, its weird, exuberant math-making advancing their sound a thousand times over.
Mostly, though, you’ll remember how gladly they give you access to it: despite the strange, off-kilter rhythms and broken up melodies -- despite the song demolition -- ‘Rock Island’ lingers in the memory as the best fun you had that day, in its brightest moment of sunshine. It’s as if Palm have realigned ‘jangle pop’ into something more jagged. The triangular edges of these songs -- the sharp guitars and spintering drums -- are often met with coasting basslines and cooed vocals. The sun’s been cut up.
Incredibly fun and almost scientific in its approach to euphoria, Palm have moved their sound towards something that sounds effortlessly complex. Listening to it is a joy -- it feels like proof that invention goes with intuition. Mostly: it just jams.
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