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A Place I'll Always Go

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1.
Hunter's Gun 01:57
Don’t come near me I don’t wanna fall in love I can tell a hunter’s gun from a glimmer in the brush You watch TV while I see us growing old I can tell a creaseless fold from a wrinkle in the mold I was strolling I was looking for a time I can tell a sickly vine from the smoothest glass of wine Don’t come near me I don’t wanna see your face I can tell a hunter’s gaze in the way you say my name
2.
They’re still in love with their ex and I’m not feeling my best This is a bad combination Cuz every time they’re around I get all dolled up and gowned Been seeing stars and carnations I’ve got this feeling I might just up and bail on this plight And maybe go on vacation Pack up my shit in the dark And if the car doesn’t start It spares us both conversation I’d take a train down the coast And disappear on a boat To live on berries and kiwis Settle far from the snow And when my skin starts to glow Won’t worry about it all peeling I’ve got this feeling I may come back and close up someday Won’t be all sappy and weepy Cuz I’ll be rested and warm Sand in my hair from the shore My face a flush when they see me
3.
Room 04:00
She comes over growing like a clover in my room And a river curling as we shiver in my room Living rainless never felt so painless in my room Sun above her never had a lover in my room She keeps me up she keeps me up at night Call us sinners but we eat all our dinners in my room Bedsheet picnics always been a sickness in my room There’s a clean fog misting out the dark spot in my room Rests her head near i’m feeling okay here in my room She keeps me up She keeps me up at night
4.
Counting back from one To the day i’d come to meet you And your body At a show my band was playing Now it’s April sixth First one that you’ll miss Cuz you’re off with all the cancers You were young but you’ve got the answers To the questions That your parents pointed to their god Starting to count up to two Another year of missing you When the dust clears where’s my body? That one night we fought About the little stuff We went to Dunkin Donuts And you got the blueberry glazed one And you laughed cuz you knew it was the worst One of the dozen Starting to count down from ten Aging in remember whens When the dust clears where’s my body? I’m with someone new And I know that you would love her If you met her
5.
Oh my little silver toaster Is burning off the edges of my morning frown These days feel like roller coasters Limp just like a ragdoll i hang upside down I’ve been faking to all my close friends Staring straight and walkin til i hit the coast And then alone at home i hack off my split ends And bury them back out the yard just so i can dig Because the medic saw me all knotted up And gave me a love that untangled me
6.
Turning 21 02:41
And my father Got remarried to a teacher He’s back on loving I hear him laughing in the morning And my mother Bought a truck and sold it all To live in Wyoming Been learning love is a strange thing But you will always be a week away from turning 21 I’ve been working In a warehouse filled with books Been boxing the classics Judging covers by habit Ride the bus home Watch the driver chew his evening I see my hunger On the faces of others Cuz you will always be a week away from turning 21 Skate down the street where Stands the house that i grew up in In the driveway’s a sports car My wheels stick to the fresh tar
7.
Flowing Over 03:49
I can tell that you’re embarrassed You’ve got a reason to be You’ve got cash in what’s been breaking me And I know your words are sugar but Now’s not the best time for me I’ve got teeth with roots down to my feet Flowing over til I’m empty I can see that you’re impatient You’ve got the right to go home But i’m not stepping in your deadzone And i know your touch is velvet and Now’s not the best time for me I’ve got rug burns eating through my jeans Flowing over til i’m empty
8.
Backseat 03:19
Oh the snake that wriggles in your walls Dreams of an orchard it can quietly slither on Oh the hills it would comb til its scales were soft And the sun that would greet it at every dawn Oh it’s cold but it’s only getting colder Oh i drove while you were sleeping in the backseat Oh the breeze that whispers in your walls Dreams of an ocean it could violently scream upon Oh the waves that would mold to its every call And the sand that would rustle with every yawn Oh it’s cold and it’s only getting colder Oh i drove while you were sleeping in the backseat
9.
Wednesday’s almost closing and i’m at the grocery store I’m at the grocery store After weeks of frozen meals I am in the produce aisle and i’m feeling all the fruits I am feeling all the fruits Every wormhole every bruise Cuz i’m stuck with the weight you gave up When the night is crowded i can only see your face I can only see your face On a stranger’s healthy frame I can’t bear your fingers drumming and i’m feeling all the words I am feeling all your words And the monster in your purse Cuz I’m stuck with the weight you gave up
10.
I know i’m moaning away All my mornings And i know i’m sulking away All my afternoons But at night i’m alright with you I know i’m sleeping away Every sunrise And i know i’m wasting the day Crawling on my hands and knees But the nights are alright with me The nights are alright at me Cuz at night i’m alright with you

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The sophomore album from Boston trio Palehound, A Place I'll Always Go, is a frank look at love and loss, cushioned by indelible hooks and gently propulsive, fuzzed-out rock.

Ellen Kempner, Palehound's vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter explains, "A lot of it is about loss and learning how to let yourself evolve past the pain and the weird guilt that comes along with grief."

Kempner's writing comes from upheavals she experienced in 2015 and 2016 that reframed her worldview. "I lost two people I was really close with," she recalls. "I lost my friend Lily. I lost my grandmother too, but you expect that at 22. When you lose a friend—a young friend—nothing can prepare you for that. A lot of the record is about going on with your life, while knowing that person is missing what's happening—they loved music and they're missing these great records that come out, and they're missing these shows that they would've wanted to go to. It just threw me for a loop to know that life is so fragile."

Palehound's first release for Polyvinyl is also about the light that gradually dawns after tragedy, with songs like the bass-heavy "Room" and the gentle dreamy album closer "At Night I'm Alright With You" feeling their way through blossoming love. "The album is also about learning how to find love, honestly, after loss," says Kempner.

Since forming in 2014, Palehound—Kempner, drummer Jesse Weiss (Spook The Herd), and new bassist Larz Brogan (a veteran of Boston DIY who, Kempner posits, "had 13 local bands last year")—have taken their plainspoken, technique-heavy indie rock from the basements of Boston to festivals around the world. A Place I'll Always Go was recorded in late 2016 at the Brooklyn complex Thump Studios with the assistance of Gabe Wax, who recorded Dry Food. "I would put my life in his hands," Kempner asserts. "I trust him so much."

A Place I'll Always Go builds on the promise of Palehound's critically acclaimed 2015 album Dry Food with songs that are slightly more reserved, but no less powerful. "Flowing Over" rides a sweetly hooky guitar line, with Kempner using the fuzzed-out upper register of her voice as a sort of anxious counterpoint to the riff's infectious melody. "That song is about anxiety," says Kempner, "and when you're sad and you listen to sad music to feed it and feel yourself spinning all these 'what if's and 'I'm terrible's in your head."

"This record represents a period of time in my life way more than anything I've ever written before," says Kempner, who notes that the swirling "If You Met Her" and the piano-tinged "At Night I'm Alright With You" could represent the opposing poles of the record. "One of them is about love, and the other one is about death—it was a really healthy experience for me to find my own dialogue within that," she says. "There's so much that you learn and read, and other people's experiences that you internalize, that you try to then base your own on. It was helpful to carve my own path for that."

Part of what makes A Place I'll Always Go so striking is the way it channels feelings of anxiety -- heart-racing moments both exhilarating and crushing -- into songs that feel well-worn and comforting.

The hushed confessionalism of "Carnations" and the fugue state described in the stripped-down "Feeling Fruit" are snapshots of moments marked by big, confusing feelings, but they're taken with compassion and honesty—two qualities that have defined Palehound's music from the beginning.

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released June 16, 2017

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