On June 25th, 2013, Ipecac Recordings brings you the debut album from Palms, Palms. The band is comprised of three-fifths of the now defunct band Isis along with Chino Moreno of the Deftones on vocals. After the dissolution of Isis, band members Aaron Harris (drums), Jeff Caxide (bass), and Clifford Meyer (keyboards/guitar), continued to play music together. “After a little time Jeff, Cliff, and I decided that it was insane that we all still lived here in Los Angeles and weren’t playing together,” Harris says. “It just sort of happened naturally, probably because we have been playing together for so long, and things started to come together. But we didn’t want to be instrumental: We wanted vocals. We just weren’t exactly sure who that would be at first.” The band felt that Chino Moreno of the Deftones would be a good fit and so did he. With the addition of Moreno, the band was complete.
Fans of Isis, as well as, the Deftones will not be disappointed, as there is a lot to love from this debut album. The album only consists of 6 tracks but clocks in at 47 minutes so each track gives you a lot to chew on. Each track takes you on a journey through the stratosphere by combining Moreno’s dynamic vocals with the slow churning progressive rock sounds that Isis fans have come to love.
Much like the album as a whole, the debut single “Patagonia” is an ethereal and atmospheric piece that is both subdued and energetic at the same time. The subtle ticks of the cymbals, the airy guitars, and the lulling bass lines combined with Moreno’s hypnotic vocals draw you in, to an emotional landscape of sound. Th e other tracks on the album are also structured in a similar fashion with none of them ever really hitting an apex, but instead pulling the listener through in a dreamlike state.
While there are not any tracks that break from the lackadaisical pacing, the listener is never bored but instead engulfed in a trance like state. This is evident with the track “Tropics”, while not buy much, is probably the most upbeat track on the album and seems to stand above the rest. “Tropics” is a soothing and serene track that gives the listener a sense of calm and washes over you like an ocean breeze.
With the shortest track clocking in at just under six minutes and the longest track being just over ten minutes, each track is meant to take the listener on a sonic journey. Each track is beautiful unto itself but this journey is best experienced as a whole. From the first note to the last, the album flourishes, is rich with sound, and leaves you feeling refreshed. Even the album cover seems to fit with the music, creating a perfect package and vibe that accompanies the sounds within.
For more information on Palms and their upcoming tour dates, visit http://palmsband.com/
Written By Tim Lawler
OurVinyl | Contributor