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Passage

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The opening track on Exitmusic’s second album needs every second of its more than five minutes to stretch, rise, fall, rise again, and then coil quietly into the night. Aleksa Palladino’s voice is a husky, howling swirl of emotion (forget gleaning the lyrics from listening to the track) that packs a visceral wallop. She often recalls powerhouse vocalists like PJ Harvey or Björk when she’s going for brambles and thorns. At the spectrum's other end, her ghostly coos and whispers on tracks like “The Wanting” and “The Night” offer up a velvety bed of roses, their blood-red petals dangerously close to their thorny counterparts. The singer, guitarist, keyboardist, and actress (she plays a mob wife on HBO’s Empire Boardwalk) is undeniably the central force of Exitmusic. But it would be a lesser thing without her partner/husband, Devon Church, who creates billowing tents of guitar or stormy gales of post-shoegaze textures. Passage is a bleak, brooding, beautiful thing that's both emphatically romantic and mysteriously distant—always an intoxicating combination.

Customer Reviews

Passage - Exitmusic

How to elucidate such an album's qualities to another listener is made a difficult task with its apparitional state. Haunting and atmospheric, this phantom of an album fades in and out from qualities of an ethereal nature to the sounds of wounded screams and bass. This specter quality is again reinforced by the inability to later hum or sing many of the songs.
Maybe it's only hindrance is the repetition of style to the point of needlessness, though this is only found in some of the album's tracks.
With numbers like "Passage," "White Noise," "Storms," and "The Modern Age" it is hard to imagine ever being satiated, anything similar would seem a pale imitation. Marked by my severe recommendation, I wish any passing iTunes member to truly involve themselves with this album. Thank you.

passage

sublime i really love it

Top knotch

This album is a knockout. It's a punch in the face of awesome.
"Passage" and "White Noise" have a definite 'epic factor' that screams movie soundtrack, while "Modern Age" is probably one of the catchiest alternative songs I've heard in a long time. Lyrically, the darker content found in songs such as "The Cold" (in which Aleksa howls "You are alone!" for the majority of it) is balanced quite brilliantly with the sweet death/heartbrake-defying dreaminess of "The Night". The arrangments are refreshing and unique, but it's Aleksa's husky vocals that make this one of my top ten.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Exitmusic, the Brooklyn-based duo of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, craft dream pop that is as emotional as it is ethereal. Palladino, who is also an actress and stars as bohemian mob wife Angela Darmody on HBO’s Roaring Twenties drama Boardwalk Empire, began writing songs while in her early teens, just a few years before she started acting professionally. Raised in an artistic family that included her opera singer mother and painter grandparents, Palladino experimented on her four-track recorder,...
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