Best of 2022: Nicks and Grazes - Palm
Album: Nicks and Grazes
Release Date: Oct. 14, 2022
Link to Purchase: https://palm.scfm.me/nicksandgrazes
On The Sly
Last night, I had the great pleasure of seeing Palm perform at Larimer Lounge in Denver in support of their 2022 album Nicks and Grazes. This show was incredible and definitely one of the best concerts I've attended so far this year.
The show was spectacular for a number of reasons. First of all, I love (and prefer) seeing bands at smaller venues, and it was a treat to see a band of this caliber in such a close, intimate space (and I don't think I'll have that opportunity again). The crowd clearly knew and loved the music, which for me always makes the experience of a live show more special. When Palm began their set, it was immediate energy, accuracy, and intrigue from the get-go. I was in awe observing the way the four musicians managed their complex individual roles while simultaneously maintaining the most solid full-band connection I've witnessed in a long time. Their collective sense of time and understanding of intricate rhythmic material is obvious within seconds of listening to any of their recordings, but to see it done live was truly a wonder. The set was captivating - I couldn't help but dance and move along despite never quite understanding exactly what was happening musically. I felt fully present and engaged the entire time and delighted by the surprises and deep pocket throughout. I strongly urge anyone who has the opportunity to see Palm perform live to do so.
Similar to seeing them live, listening to Nicks and Grazes is an immersive experience for me. When listening through the album, I've at times found myself thoughtless, totally engulfed by the complex textures and interesting sonic landscapes, allowing the music to carry me as I listen and take it all in. On the other hand, certain listen-throughs of the album spark my analytical musical brain and I become engaged in a totally different way. I find myself wondering, "What time signature is this?", "What instrument is playing which sound?", and most of all, "How would someone even go about writing a song like this?" To me, it feels like Palm have invented their own genre - I've never heard anything like it, and I don't think anyone else could adequately imitate or recreate it.
My recommendation is to dive right in and listen to Nicks and Grazes straight through, rather than just picking out a few songs. You will be glad you did.
As always, please make sure to support these amazing musicians by purchasing the album or merch (linked above).