Today, Boston-based trio Palehound have shared the title track “Black Friday” from their highly-anticipated album Black Fridaydue out next Friday, June 7on Polyvinyl Record Co.
On the quietly hypnotic new track, prolific singer/songwriter Ellen Kempnercaptures the specific ache of uneven emotional investment between friends, framing her plaintive acceptance in particularly barbed lyrics (“You’re Black Friday and I’m going to the mall”). Kemper also shared insight on her songwriting influences for the LP including Tierra Whack, Prince, Alex G, and Big Thief, with a specialFLOOD Magazine playlist.
Kempner explains the song is, “About how fucked up it is that we’re all conditioned to feel we need to compete against others to get what we want. How success is measured in who you’re above and who you’re below. This one is framed through a specific relationship where you feel like you’re investing more into a person than they are in you, and that you feel you need to compete for their attention and love.”
Palehound examine the intricacies of friendship and partnership all throughoutBlack Friday, handling the subject with a level of attention rarely found in pop songs. Co-produced by Kempner and Gabe Wax (Beirut, Soccer Mommy), she and her bandmates Jesse Weiss (drums) and Larz Brogan (bass) recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, California, tracking most of the songs live and breathing a new vitality into Palehound’s elegantly detailed sound.
Palehound is set to continue an ascent as one of the most compelling voices in indie rock and will follow the release of the new album with a North American Tour alongside Big Thief. Be sure to catch Palehound’s electrifying live show coming to a city near you! Tour dates below and HERE.