This Brooklyn quartet has been quietly making some of the most consistently wonderful indie pop around. All Things, Forests, marks Palormar's fourth album, and is also their debut on the Misra record label. These three ladies and one dude have made one hoot of an album, jam packed with memorable melodies and tasty hooks that will leave you craving more.
Working with producer Britt Myers (Mates Of State, Benzos, Dressy Bessy), Palomar has come into focus even more than in their previous efforts. Their discography has shown a real natural growth, with All Things, Forests, the group's strongest offering to date. Vocalist Rachel Warren makes a lullaby about death sound strangely sweet and innocent on "Bury Me Closer." It is a rather beautiful track that stays primarily acoustic, ending with repeated vocals harmonies as the group asks "where will you go?"
"Our Haunt" almost takes me back to the '90s, as I am reminded a tiny bit of Tanya Donelly's group Belly. I mean this in a positive way, as I loved their album Star. The crunchy guitars, pop sensibility and female vocals brought them to mind. The band keeps a similar vibe going on "How To Beat Dementia," adding in a piano line to substitute for a guitar solo. This is a wonderful track and a total highlight of the album.
The album's momentum continues to build as Palomar rocks through "Beats Beat Nothing," As the song races along, it never derails or veers off course, with drummer Dale W. Miller keeping it steady as the guitars build and the four-part harmonies soar. The closing track, "Alone," effectively wraps up this great album with a crashing cymbals and a church choir-like conclusion. It is pretty grandiose, but far from over the top. Rather than pushing too far for an overdramatic conclusion, this powerful finale feels just right. Palomar makes their point without going overboard, making All Things, Forests, a gem in the overcrowded world of indie pop.