Palehound – “Pay No Mind” (Stereogum Premiere)

Palehound – “Pay No Mind” (Stereogum Premiere)

Starting with last month’s “Holiest,” Palehound have begun expanding their sound from the lo-fi charm of the Bent Nail EP to something bolder and even more dynamic. You’d think with the addition of all these new musical layers (and members), Ellen Kempner could risk getting lost in the shuffle, but “Pay No Mind” snuffs out that idea. They do sound bigger and more complex here (the final minute is like an instrumental food fight between the band, in the best way possible), but that has only pushed Kempner to be an even stronger vocalist. She weaves her voice in and out of the music, letting it soar above before diving deep into the mix with ease. Listen below and check out their tour dates.

02/14 SUNY Purchase @ The Stood w/ Swearin’ and Frankie Cosmos
02/20 New York, NY @ Pianos w/ Ovlov
02/27 New York, NY @ Pianos w/ Grass is Green, Celestial Shore
02/28 Philadelphia, PA @ The Great Indoors
03/01 Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space w/ Two Inch Astronaut
03/03 Richmond, VA @ 13ainbridge
03/05 Athens, GA @ Go Bar
03/06 Tallahassee, FL @ All Saints Cafe
03/07 New Orleans, LA @ House Show
03/08 San Antonio, TX @ Texas Is Funny Records Showcase
03/11 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/12 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/13 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/18 Little Rock, AK @ StarLight Haus w/ Bad History Month
03/20 Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
03/21 Asheville, NC @ Broadways
03/22 Washington, DC @ TBA
03/31 New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Disco Doom, Ovlov and Zula
04/26 Bronxville, NY @ Sarah Lawrence College w/ Mac Demarco

The “Holiest”/”Pay No Mind” single is out 2/25 via Exploding In Sound.

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