Palehound, Public Radio Sessions

Sam Lefebvre

The latest installment of Public Radio Sessions—which shoots one-take, one-camera live performances in novel locations and posts one each week—features Palehound, the songwriting vessel of Boston artist Ellen Kempner. Playing out of a tiny Honeytone amplifier on a bluff above Ponce de Leon Ave. in Atlanta, GA, with headlights illuminating the street below, Kempner performs spare, moving renditions of three songs: “Holiest”, from the 2014 Kitchen EP; the title-track to Palehound’s 2015 full-length Dry Food; and the unreleased “I’m Alright With You”, which has appeared in recent live sets. The latter song hinges on a fingerpicked guitar motif and elongated vocal phrasing. Alternately forlorn and warily contented, the quiet, up-close video amplifies the song’s intimacy and focuses viewers on Kempner’s flair for emotional inflection.

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Watch the videos above and below, and revisit Geoff Nelson’s 2015 feature, “Palehound Laughs at the Past.

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