In an Angelfire page dedicated to an annotated list of Kurt Cobain's top 50 favorite albums (we're sure you're already wondering why more write-ups don't start like that), the late artist is quoted as saying of one of the entries, "I like to listen to Jad Fair and Half Japanese with headphones on, walking around shopping malls—in the heart of the American culture. I just think that, if people could hear this music right now, they'd melt, they wouldn't know what to do, they'd start bouncing off the walls and hyperventilating. So I turn up the music really loud and pretend it's blasting through the speakers in the mall." If you take away the damning, negative sentiment toward the American public, this sentiment works nicely with Palmistry's music, and particularly the mixtape he dropped today, entitled Ascención. Palmistry has always been a globally oriented artistic, as comfortable making zumba reggaeton as he is dancehall or something that sounds like synthetic mall pop, and producing music in English, Spanish and Cantonese (working with Triad God). This effort is no exception to that trend, going from the deeply emotive, super-dry "Shut it D" one moment to the "Dale"-laden reggaeton of "Ascensión" the next, tying it all together with a simultaneously inviting and inhospitable, plasticene sonic wrapping. Check out our Dollars to Pounds interview with Palmisty, listen to the tape below, and have a more multimedia experience of it here.
November 13, 2014