“I Get Clean” is the sound of an empty apartment and the weight of a string of awful days lodged deep in your shoulders. Ellen Kempner, the Yonkers-based nineteen year old behind Palehound, has sent us a dispatch from the threshold of adulthood, and her articulation of that period's weariness and self-doubt through indie rock is a perfect slow-motion collapse. “I'll Get Clean/when I shower before fallin' asleep” is the song's most futile moment and the root of any trace of optimism, though it's still dominated by the mumbling guitar licks and hoarse, pillow-screamed vocals of the stuffier verses. The malaise has no end in sight, despite an awareness of her shortcomings: “I'm stunted for the fun of it/When I should fucking grow.” Some things stay with you way past nineteen.
Palehound's Bent Nail EP is out October 22nd on Exploding In Sound Records.