Palm share new single 'On the Sly' with video; taken from new album, Nicks and Grazes, out Oct 14th on Saddle Creek.
Philly-based band Palm share a new single/video, 'On the Sly', from their much anticipated new album, Nicks and Grazes, out October 14th on Saddle Creek. Following singles, 'Feathers' and 'Parable Lickers', 'On the Sly' is one of the record’s most pop-forward songs.
It came together in patchwork over many hours of aimless playing, resulting in a mesh of all of their respective musical impulses. The vocal melody is infectious and slippery, reminiscent of Brian Eno. “The words turned out a little sadder than intended but when we play this song I smile,” says guitarist/vocalist Eve Alpert. The surreal accompanying video, directed by Rich Smith, features the band performing while characters search for the source of a mysterious sound. On Nicks and Grazes, Palm capture the spontaneous, free energy of their inimitable live shows while integrating elements from the traditionally gridded palette of electronic music. In order to avoid what the band refers to as “Palm goes electro,” the musicians spent years educating themselves on the ins and outs of production by learning Ableton while also experimenting with “the percussive, textural, and gestural potential” of their instruments. Palm also worked with a producer for the first time, Matt Anderegg.
While Palm cite Japanese pop music, dub, and footwork as influences on this album’s sonic palette, they found themselves returning time and again to the artists who inspired them to start the group over a decade ago such as Glenn Branca, Captain Beefheart, and Sonic Youth. Returning to the fundamentals gave Palm a strong foundation upon which they could experiment freely. It’s been four years since Palm released their second album, Rock Island, and Nicks and Grazes is Palm’s most ambitious and revelatory album to date.
This autumn, Palm will bring their imitable tour across North America, where they’ll be joined by Water From Your Eyes. Their live shows have always been acclaimed, with NPR Music writing “Palm's inventive art rock is dizzying, unpredictable and, especially in its live incarnation, occasionally transcendent – in the band's best moments, it makes discordance sound sublime.”
Tickets for all dates are on sale now.
Oct 28th | Hamden, CT - Space Ballroom Oct 29th | Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Oct 30th | Portland, ME - SPACE Nov 1st | Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa Nov 2nd | Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Nov 3rd | Ferndale, MI - Otus Supply Nov 5th | Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village Nov 6th | Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club Nov 8th | Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry Nov 9th | Kansas City, MO - RecordBar Nov 11th | Denton, TX - Andy’s Bar Nov 12th | Austin, TX - Parish Nov 14th | New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa Nov 15th | Nashville, TN - The End Nov 16th | Atlanta, GA - The Earl Nov 18th | Durham, NC - Pinhook Nov 19th | Washington, DC - DC9 Nov 29th | Cambridge, MA - Sinclair Nov 30th | Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg Dec 1st | Philadelphia, PA - The Church Dec 3rd | St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway Dec 4th | Omaha, NE - Reverb Dec 6th | Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge Dec 7th | Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court Dec 9th | Portland, OR - Doug Fir Dec 10th | Seattle, WA - Madame Lous Dec 11th | Vancouver, BC - Wise Hall Dec 13th | San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop Dec 14th | Los Angeles, CA - Echo Dec 15th | San Diego, CA - Soda Bar Dec 16th | Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge Dec 17th | Albuquerque, NM - Sister
[all dates w/ Water From Your Eyes]
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