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|Chris and Mollie
The Palm Tree
by Nicholas Hubbard
Chris and Mollie know how to wake you up just when everything in your mind’s still weird. Give me a Southern California morning with some funky blinds to mess with the light and I promise I will spend the whole day listening to The Palm Tree. “Who cares who thinks we’re nuts (even if it’s us?) NO! Especially if it’s us . . .” I can’t promise I’ll be in a good mood when I’m done. It gets in your head the way sand gets in your ears and between your toes. Their claustrophobic little score is like the enticing lovechild of a long weekend in a cheap motel room. It is exhaustingly crafted from what feel like seashells breaking on shag carpet: sometimes sharp, most often stunning.
There seems to be no structure (oh the time changes, they sting! in a good way) except the unnerving throws that romance puts you through from daybreak until dusk. This is both the appeal and the potential turn-off of The Palm Tree. It’s a story but you’ve got to be a little twisted to enjoy it (imagine boy-meets-girl filtered through several episodes of Pee–Wee’s Playhouse). Cast aside the inevitable Mates of State comparisons; with Chris on guitar and Mollie on drums they are able to be gentle, abrasive and playful in their own breezy fashion.
More on Chris and Mollie: www.chrisandmollieband.com / www.myspace.com/chrisandmollie.