Pale Mara was founded on a cool, autumnal breeze that gently shook the boughs of cherubs and the hearts of willows as it exhaled the first beautiful licks of its life-song. Flowers sprung up in its wake, each born with the memory of a melody spinning in its roots. It courses from the past toward the present, bringing along with it all good things into now, where in an old apartment in the city, all tattered walls and half-light, Allison Robinson strums a G-major chord on an old, wood-worn-down acoustic as Lee Bones purrs some notes of harmony, both of them becoming embraced by the spirit of it – sweet as tender, loose as a barrel of old-timey candy. They give their hearts into it and are taken over by it, and it by them. They become indistinguishable, inextinguishable things.

This is lead single, “Not Like I Used To.” The intro is simple enough until the piano is introduced. There, the song takes a dynamic turn as the piano echoes of an old western saloon. Instruments stacked on the other like a house of cards crashing before they are joined by Bones’ gritty vocals. It appears Ms. Robinson handles lead on many of the songs, as well. If we weren’t excited enough by what we’ve heard thus far, this tips the bar. We’re all in.

Pale Mara is coming out the 14th of December, on CD, vinyl and all digital outlets.

Photos by Lily Landes

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