Black Friday

POLYVINYL (June 7, 2019)


“Kempner has excelled at tracing anxiety, fear, and shame through expertly crafted rock songs... on Black Friday, she also allows herself to experience pure joy, and what a treat it is to feel that euphoria along with her. - Pitchfork

“Songwriter Ellen Kempner complements her impressive guitar riffs with searing, soul-searching and solace-providing lyrics, including on standout "Aaron," one of the most affecting love songs I've heard in recent memory.” - NPR’s Best Albums of 2019 (so far)

Black Friday [is] Palehound’s most accomplished yet… [Kempner’s] gnarled guitar lines have given way to soft-focus serenity, warm keys stemming the anxiety that once threatened to envelop her.” - Stereogum Album of the Week

""An understated stunner… Palehound’s Ellen Kempner has spent the past four years building up one of the most distinct styles in indie rock." - Rolling Stone, "Song You Need to Know"

“Never have we felt more like we can see the words in Ellen Kempner's diary, whether they’re carved into the page by a fist shaking with rage, or gracefully penned with heart-dotted i’s.” - The 405

"Listening to Palehound is often like having a tough conversation with your best friend. There’s likely to be some pain, some old feelings dug up and picked apart, but you’ll always feel better after it’s over." - Paste Magazine

“… Palehound’s best record yet.” - The Fader

Few things destroy me quite like a whisper-sung, honest, narrative Palehound track, especially when it relates directly to bodily discomfort.“ - Jezebel

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