Palm
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Palm plays rock music backwards. 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 perform commentary and reportage f

rom their deeply embedded positions at the front.

The band is firmly attached to the physicality of rock,

but not as much its tone; their instruments tend

to sound like any number of things at any given time.

 

None of the members of Palm are formally trained on

their instruments. The band formed in 2011 at college

in Upstate New York, when high school friends Eve and

Kasra met Gerasimos and Hugo. In those early days, the

band was just beginning to forge its collective musical

identity through experiments in recording and

performing live.

 

Their first album, Trading Basics (2015), was written in

Hudson, NY, a riverside outpost where the group could

clarify its intentions outside the direct influence of

nearby cultural capitals. That year, the members of

Palm relocated to Philadelphia, where they continue to

live only a few blocks apart from one another. This

proximity has facilitated a level of collaboration

necessary for a sound so slippery to remain in the firm

grasp of its players.

 

 

On 2017's Shadow Expert EP, they made use of the

steady hand granted by a tireless touring schedule,

cutting their songs to efficiencies of pop confection

without sacrificing the avant-adventurism at the

center. The effort was met with praise from such

outlets as Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin, and

Tiny Mix Tapes, who likened the sound variously

to Stereolab, Slint, Sonic Youth and Broadcast. With

Rock Island (2018), Palm excuses the company of these

myriad influences with a sly brush of a hand,

ushering the listener into a new domain, thrillingly

strange for all its familiarity.