I’m a fairly awkward person, which means I am also a fairly awkward dancer. To counteract this dilemma, I strive to be a top-notch head-nodder and/or foot-tapper. Usually it’s pretty simple to keep up with the constant, predictable beats of standard rock formula. But sometimes this equation is thrown out the window and my plan to look hip and cool is foiled. Palm’s new EP Shadow Expert is one of those times.
With wonderfully erratic, ever-shifting rhythms and sounds, the experimental indie pop group’s new EP breaks from normalcy in the very best way — challenging listeners to keep up and taunting me to just try to head nod along to this.
Singles “Walkie Talkie” and “Shadow Expert” open up the EP by laying the foundation of deconstructed constructedness. Tracks “Two Toes” and “Walnut” follow — looping and dicing and floating along in a somehow perfectly cohesive fabric of sound. “Trying” then conjures a dark storm of noise-filled wonder, and final tune “Sign to Signal” speckles halting breaks amidst a flow-y soundscape.
Don’t miss Palm when they play these new awesomely weird tunes at PhilaMOCA on June 24th with support from Palberta. Info on the show can be found over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Stream Shadow Expert below.
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