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    Brooklyn, NY's Exitmusic – comprised of Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino – will release their debut album, Passage, on Secretly Canadian on May 22.

    Passage is a longtime in the making, and certainly worth the wait, like all good things. Church and Palladino started writing together several years ago, when the Canadian-born Church moved to New York City, Palladino's home, following a year teaching English in Taiwan and India. Their collective sonic interests – layers, textures, churning, spacious guitars (Palladino had been playing hers since age 12), blinking electronics, shimmering vocals – created a fruitful writing partnership immediately. Their songs began to take on new dimensions when the pair moved to Los Angeles a year later, finally committing their compositions to the recording process.

    A few twists and turns (and a move back to New York City) later, Exitmusic found a home for their material with lauded independent Secretly Canadian, who released their first EP, From Silence, in fall 2011.

    Passage is a collection of newly-written songs and some of their older tunes that received some new coats of paint. The two tethers that make up Exitmusic's sound - one stirring atmospherics, one of grandiose and thoughtful pop – and let to bow further out than before. They are, however, also pulled into a tighter, sharper knot at the center. There are big, emotional dynamic shifts and a wave-crashing momentum across the set without ever breaking a sustained feeling of tenderness. It's dream-pop for those of us whose dream lives are Lawrence of Arabia-epic in scope: lulling, apocalyptic, celestial, triumphant.

    Track listing:

    1. Passage
    2. The Night
    3. The City
    4. White Noise
    5. Storms
    6. The Wanting
    7. Stars
    8. The Modern Age
    9. The Cold
    10. Sparks of Light

    Tour Dates:

    2/28/12 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ School of Seven Bells
    3/15/12 SXSW @ Secretly Canadian Showcase at Mohawk
    3/16/12 SXSW @ Filter Party at Lustre Pearl

    w/ The Joy Formidable & A Place to Bury Strangers
    3/19/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café
    3/20/12 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
    3/22/12 Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird
    3/23/12 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
    3/24/12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
    3/25/12 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
    3/26/12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    3/29/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    3/30/12 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
    3/31/12 Montreal, QC @ Mile End Cabaret
    4/2/12 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace

    w/ School of Seven Bells
    4/4/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
    4/5/12 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
    4/6/12 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
    4/7/12 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    4/8/12 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
    4/10/12 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
    4/11/12 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
    4/13/12 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    4/14/12 Fort Worth, TX @ Modern Art Museum
    4/15/12 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
    4/16/12 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    4/17/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
    4/19/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
    4/20/12 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
    4/22/12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
    4/23/12 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
    4/24/12 Vancoucer, BC @ Electric Owl
    4/28/12 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    4/29/12 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
    4/30/12 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
    5/5/12 New York, NY @ LPR

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    —Katie Sheehan

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