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For all of Palehound’s well-earned credit as a poetic indie balladeer, on her new track “Killer,” we find her in a new position: Grasping at solace through some very literal and foreboding lyrics. Hiding in plain sight behind her fuzzy bedroom rock, singer Ellen Kempner’s disposition takes a noir turn as she seeks vengeance for her friends who are victims of abuse in the new tune, released yesterday (February 19).
“Quite frankly, this song is about the murderous fantasies I have about all of the people who have abused my friends and how they continue to live their lives unpunished,” Kempner explains. With such a serious intention, the Boston musician never minces words: “I want to be the one who kills the man who hurt you, darlin’” she offers on the rightfully menacing chorus.