Exitmusic, the husband and wife duo of Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino, produce a blend of chill wave meets apocalyptic crescendo. Though Aleksa has quite the day job playing Angela Darmody on Boardwalk Empire, she is no actress tinkering at a music side project. Exitmusic is legit. Last October they released their debut EP, From Silence, which included “The Modern Age” – the only track that graces their forthcoming full length album Passage.
The title track starts as a little sea foam on the shore and catapults into a crashing chorus. Aleksa really digs into a guttural vocal delivery with “The Night” as sweet “ha ha ah’s” calm the backing music-scape. “The City” starts with Aleksa’s numbing vocals then pounds in with drums and guitars, creating a push and pull effect.
Exitmusic is reminiscent of Beach House with a dash of Goldfrapp, but darker and more foreboding. “The Wanting” is especially atmospheric with repetitive loops. My favorite track “White Noise” has Aleksa crooning in desperation as frenetic guitars seem to change her tune to an uplifting cheer. The now defunct Los Angeles CityBeat described it prefectly as, “mak(ing) me think of two sweet kids strolling hand-in-hand into Armageddon.” Now that’s the perfect exit music.
The Modern Age
Sparks of Light
4.10 – Baton Rouge, LA / Spanish Moon
4.11 – Houston, TX / Fitzgerald’s
4/12 – Austin, TX / Mohawk
4.14 – Fort Worth, TX / Modern Art Museum
4.15 – Kansas City, MO / The Riot Room
4.16 – Denver, CO / Larmier Lounge
4.17 – Salt Lake City, UT / Urban Lounge
4.19 – Los Angeles, CA / Echoplex
4.20 – San Francisco, CA / Rickshaw Stop
4.22 – Portland, OR / Doug Fir Lounge
4.23 – Seattle, WA / The Crocodile
4.24 – Vancouver, BC / The Electric Owl
4.28 – Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall
4.29 – Bloomington, IN / The Bishop
4.30 – Detroit, MI / Magic Stick
5.02 – Toronto, ON / The Hoxton
5.03 – Montreal, QC / La Sala Rossa
5.04 – Allston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
5.05 – New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge