Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Listen :: Palm - Shadow Expert

Words: Sam Geary

Philadelphia art rockers Palm follow their recent 'Walkie Talkie' with another equally mathy number, 'Shadow Expert'.

This title track of the upcoming EP by the quartet - out on Washington DC label Carpark Records on June 16 - adds all kinds of clashing sounds that while individually discordant, together, seem to work.

In the band's own words: "Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt’s guitars occupy themselves most often with the pace-keeping work typical of a rhythm section. Meanwhile, Gerasimos Livitsanos’ bass and Hugo Stanley’s drums seem to perform commentary and reportage from deeply embedded positions at the front. Their contributions remain necessary to the composition, generating the kind of friction that other motion can be charted against: the grinding of teeth, the turning of an engine."

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