Boston indie rockers Palehound have released a new single, “Room,” off of their forthcoming sophomore album A Place I’ll Always Go—listen below.
Compared to the album’s first single “Flowing Over,” the second track is more relaxed, even sweet. Vocalist Ellen Kempner dials down her fierce vocals in favor of a more whispery, grungy vibe. “Room” is about first love, and how to find the light at the end of a tunnel. In a statement, Kempner explains that the forthcoming album is about personal growth and evolution in the face of tragedy. “A lot of it is about loss and learning how to let yourself evolve past the pain and the weird guilt that comes along with grief,” she said.
We’ve been fans of Palehound at Paste for a while. Their last album, Dry Food, recently made it onto our list of the “100 Best Indie Folk Albums,” and we’ve had them in for studio sessions. In 2015, we featured Palehound as The Best of What’s Next, in which Kempner discussed evolving identity, Boston and awkward teenage years. A Place I’ll Always Go drops June 16 via Polyvinyl Records, and is currently available for preorder. We’ll definitely be listening.
After you listen to “Room,” don’t miss Palehound performing live at the Paste Studio. You can also revisit previous single “Flowing Over” here.