Palmkite
The Sound Of Snowfall


3.5
great

Review

by Eno USER (34 Reviews)
January 26th, 2011 | 23 replies | 7,461 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A feel good band feeling better.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

For bands like Palmkite, their genre association hurts both them and the scene itself. Their debut demo, while derivative of the melodic guitar work of American Football, had an energy and youthful charm that nearly grabbed at the Cap'n Jazz end of Kinsella-ish music. In their simplistic, feel-good approach to songwriting, it's very easy to predict what their new demo this year sounds like. Of course it's been over a year since they've put out an official release and some progression would not be out of order, but in the long run it's the same musical project. So when listeners hear nonchalant melodic noodling contrasted by Sam Karrp's lucid vocal delivery, it's unfortunate that the two things that come to mind are only present on the forefront; the similarities to the band's previous demo and the ever-present emo aesthetics. On the forefront listeners will only note immediate innovation and progression, ignoring the subtle quirks and the context that makes The Sound of Snow such a gorgeous release.

The opening track starts off with reverberated guitar interplay, meant to appear apathetic and harmless until it builds into a jangly acoustic motif that brings the track into full step. While with Palmkite's earlier material the instrumentation played merely as melodic support of the vocals, every rhythm change and guitar lick on this release provides to memorable affect, keeping the record lively and warm. However instead of accentuating their musicianship, Palmkite have a way of making impassive leads and little musical flourishes sound like hazy memories, innocent reflections of better times. Palmkite retain a certain charm through their lack of showcasing, sounding authentic in their modest approach to songcraft. Sam Karrp's vocals have progressed significantly, upgrading from his Mike Kinsella-esque drawl to complementing the most upbeat moments with equally youthful howls, while retaining his brilliant sentimental mumbling. His approach is incredibly verbose, endearingly tripping over run-ons such as and every piece of evidence is pointing to the idea that I'm under the influence of something that I found in your embrace. His vaguely intimate lyrical stylings present Palmkite with the delectability of a folk group, with lively instrumentation to put context to his words.

While Palmkite work best when releasing short demos with compact tracks, The Sound Of Snowfall doesn't have the band progressing to a definitive work of art, a solidifying album. Peers such as Snowing have found that mark through releasing an onslaught of gorgeously loose jams, while Hightide Hotel also have extended their songwriting through creating an LP of varied, yet consistent tracks. As a whole release, The Sound Of Snowfall can be fairly homogenous, in which the band capitalizes on individual moments in songs, mixing in pop-punk sing-a-longs and aimless jamming within one track. However this goes hand-in-hand with the simplistic charm that most bands of our time seem to shy away from. With an astounding lyrical performance and equally lovable instrumental work, Palmkite show that a career-defining expansion is not past them.

You have the shyest eyes I’ve ever kissed in my life and I love you.



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Enotron
January 26th 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first review in forever

this album is so pretty and the lyrics are worth a 4.5, unfortunately it played it a bit too safe with the songs themselves.

point out typos and shit i guess

feels nice to be back reviewing new releases

Enotron
January 26th 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sup?

liledman
January 26th 2011



3826 Comments


cool ill check this is out, previous stuff was pretty good.

nice review.

Enotron
January 26th 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dude

I'd regard it as a bit of an improvement, same sort of sound they go for but the execution is really a lot more endearing, his vocals are better too

Romulus
January 26th 2011



8411 Comments


hmm this interests me

SeaAnemone
January 26th 2011



19727 Comments


Their debut demo, while derivative of the melodic guitar work of American Football, had an energy and youthful charm that nearly grabbed at the Cap'n Jazz end of Kinsella-ish music, but making the release all the more enjoyable.

is it just me or does this sentence not work?... I think you switch tenses... "making"?

otherwise cooool review, this is like exactly how I feel about Hightide Hotel

never heard of these guys, out of curiosity- where'd you find them? Local band? Or like a blog or something?



Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Enotron
January 26th 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah gotta switch that to made

i mean they're sort of local, but I dunno i've known them for a while. think a friend showed me them.

Bitchfork
January 26th 2011



7584 Comments


I'd put a period after "music" and make the last clause a new sentence.

Enotron
January 26th 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

are you referring to the second sentence?

Enotron
January 26th 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

might actually just get rid of the last part

Bitchfork
January 26th 2011



7584 Comments


yeah but i read it wrong so just


nvm

Enotron
January 26th 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but yeah guys this is real nice plz get it

Bitchfork
January 27th 2011



7584 Comments


i thought this was going to be lowercase because of the album name and cover

scissorlocked
January 27th 2011



3508 Comments


the cover art is beautiful

Digging: John Roberts - Ausio

Enotron
January 31st 2011



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there's a chance this is temporary, we're not fucking done till we're dead and buried. and i'm not giving in till you come home to me

listenguys?

SnipeCity
February 4th 2011



155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm listening to it now. Great review. You did a really nice job describing their sound.

iFghtffyrdmns
February 18th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, take a pos.
I liked this a lot, originally had it as a 4 but then it lost some of its charm with additional listens so i bumped it down. still a great EP though.
Haven't heard their demo...that worth checking too?

DurzoBlint
March 8th 2011



1171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoying this album a lot the last few days.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 7th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"there's a chance this is temporary, we're not FUCKING done till we're dead and buried"

this is just so pleasant.

iFghtffyrdmns
November 17th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg this is so good why am I the only person to blather on about it in the last 7 months what the hell sputnik.



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