Being a indie musician in New York can serve as an ultimate test. Do you have a firm grip on what the people want, but also the ability to hold on to your own visions, carving something original enough from the in-between to make a name for yourself? If you’re Palehound, the answer right now is a clear yes. With a firm grip on the increasingly popular low-fi indie fuzz sounds, songwriter Ellen Kempner brings intelligence in the way she writes.
In Molly, we find all the key components of a good story: there’s tension, conflict, and an ultimate message found in the imperative that you better stick with her. Check out that fast and wavering guitar line as it seems to not so much frolic, but lurch its way through the steady rhythm without ever colliding, and with a pace-shifting solo moment that seems to act out the conflict between the narrator and “selfish Molly” herself.
Check out the track above as we wait for the band’s first full length album, Dry Food, which is set to be released on August 14th via Exploding in Sound. You can pre-order Dry Food here, and check out Palehound on Facebook and Bandcamp.