Dry Food

Palehound - Dry Food
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2015 Ratings: #325 / 772
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
2015 Ratings: #159
August 14, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Exploding In Sound / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Pitchfork

Kempner has a knack for these odd little about-turns that elevate Dry Food above the usual plainspoken acoustic indie fare.

80
Rolling Stone

She also plays the hell out of a guitar, but only when necessary to make her point. Her debut is antsy and ambivalently sexy.

78
Paste

On Dry Food’s eight heartbreaking observations, she teeters between aching insecurity and crushing tenderness, rarely allowing sunlight to peak through the clouds.

75
Consequence of Sound

The result of the adolescent pains and their personal gestation, Dry Food is an engaging statement, guarded and subtle at times, boisterous and revealing at others.

70
Spin

Pretty much every guitar band going is currently toiling in the same ’90s nostalgia mines that Kempner dives into here, but few are able to do so with both technical prowess and its emotive content intact.

75
Compared to works from contemporaries like Speedy Ortiz or Frankie Cosmos, Palehound’s debut “Dry Food” is a much more restrained, non-flashy affair. But it’s worth paying attention to Ellen Kempner’s quiet, sometimes almost mumbled vocals, as she proves herself a worthy addition to the bedroom-ish indie rock scene through her perceptiveness and bitingly devastating observations. The melodies are there, especially in the standout title track, but they take some ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#35/Paste
#74/Piccadilly Records

MISC LISTS

#90/Paste (Indie Folk)

Track List

  1. Molly
  2. Healthier Folk
  3. Easy
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Dry Food
  6. Dixie
  7. Cushioned Caging
  8. Seekonk
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