PALM are excited to share a new music video for their single “Ankles” directed by Greg O’Connell. The song comes from the band’s high praised full length debut, Trading Basics, out now via Exploding in Sound and Inflated Records. Premiering on Noisey magazine, the site noted the band’s genre-defying sound, “Making music that feels equally alarming and welcoming, let’s let PALM just be PALM. Hailing from upstate, Hudson, NY, and cozying up in both Brooklyn and Philadelphia, the band are a compelling hodgepodge of all sorts of Eastern Seaboard art damage. Like John Cale and Robert Quine doing time in Chavez or Polvo, the quartet keep listeners perfectly off balance. We don’t need to call something punk or post-whatever for it to be good. Just rest assured that whatever weirdo tradition they may best belong in, PALM are very fucking good”.
Rolling Stone recently included Palm in their “10 New Artists You Need To Know” feature for November, describing the band’s sound, “On their debut, Trading Basics, guitar parts deconstruct themselves in real time; bass lines dart and duck; drums propel the action while also seeming to comment on it. Vocalist-guitarists Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt’s vocal harmonies add more tension to this outfit’s heady mix.”
Stereogum recently named Palm one of their “50 Best New Bands of 2015,” noting the juxtaposition of their challenging yet accessible sounds, “When we named Palm a Band To Watch this year, I compared their music to fractals — unending sets of patterns that radiate out from a song’s basic structure to create limitless iterations of its initial sound. Trading Basics is as inventive and daring as a debut can be, somehow managing to syphon a small fragment of Palm’s often improvisational, mathy live shows into something cohesive and inviting for first-time listeners.”
“Palm’s mathy sound wasn’t developed just for the sake of seeming complicated, or proving their musical prowess. “We aren’t interested in making overly complicated music for the sake of itself. Every sound has to serve some sort of purpose,” she (Alpert) said. The record’s first single “Crank” screeches and swerves in and out of control before Alpert’s voice welds its erratic scaffolding together. Tension builds and drops-off at the lyrical apex” – Stereogum
“There’s a definite magnetism that comes with sidestepping conventions, which Palm does a lot here, with a hypnotizing energy. The track [Ankles] is ultimately full of so many clever turns that it’s tough to imagine them ever playing it the same way twice.” – The FADER
“Palm’s style is genuine and unaffected. Their music is complex, yet intuitive. Seeing them perform live, you’re watching a dialogue between band members; the tradition of the rock band is turned on its head as each instrument plays melodic lines that fit together in a transient equilibrium.” – AdHoc