Palehound is the songwriting project of Ellen Kempner, who began releasing solo material under the name in 2013. She formed a touring band in the fall of that year, and released a 7″ through Exploding in Sound Records a few months later. Kempner has been lauded for clever, introspective lyricism which sits at the forefront of the band’s official debut, “Dry Food.” Nearly every note on the release was played by Kempner herself, and her personal touch lives in all eight tracks. “Dry Food” is barely half an hour, which is not for lack of material, but is a reflection of Kempner’s skillful songwriting. She doesn’t waste a single measure, dishing out somber, poignant declarations with a simple clarity of thought.
Leapling is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based songwriter Dan Arnes. Moving in new directions of pop brilliance, Arnes stripped down the band's art-pop exploration and found himself immersed in a bright new power-pop sound. Layered, nuanced, and full of musical deviation, but the results are coherent and evocative with swift arrangements and straight-forward yet deeply layered pop songs.
Joined by Alejandro Salazar Dyer (drums), the quartet slimmed down to a trio resulting in a new energy and an earnest rawness that comes from a more minimalist approach. Inspired by a wide range of artists from the power-pop of Big Star and The Kinks, the oddball genius of Ween and Jim O'Rourke, and the timelessness of the Motown and Philly soul sound, Leapling have pulled their influences together, with no ideas left unturned.
Brooklyn's Haybaby is a band. Formed in 2011, the trio has crafted a unique brand of sludge pop that teeters on the verge of post-nap ghost sadness. Their first full-length "Sleepy Kids" was featured on Stereogum's 50 best albums of 2015. They will be releasing an EP through Tiny Engines in the spring of 2016.
tall friend is:
ch pf-- vox, baritone guitar, synth on "cockroach"
cale cuellar-- guitar