Palm Ghosts

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“Elegant and Sweeping Pop” – WXPN’s The Key

“Folk loves its sadness, but this is warm nostalgia in song form.” – INDEPENDENT CLAUSES

“A balance of singer/songwriter styled pop that walks along the indie rock border and comes together with a more traditional country base and carries you over a dusty trail rhythm, this is truly a combination that the Philadelphia based group can call their own.” – ONE STOP COUNTRY

“It is hard to put together an album that holds a consistent instrumental palette, melodic thrust, and overall mood without getting repetitive. Palm Ghosts has accomplished this difficult task on their self-titled record. Palm Ghosts lives in a warm, relaxed space with just a touch of ominous haze on the horizon, carving out a space for itself next to artists like Damien Jurado.” – INDEPENDENT CLAUSES

“Some of the music I listened to on this album transported me to a feeling of peace, relaxation, comfort – like everything was going to be okay. So, I hope whatever you’re going through, you take the time to enjoy music, because that’s what really gets me through the tough times.” – SPEC BLOG

“Singer-songwriter Joseph Lekkas demonstrates that Americana music can sprout and bloom anywhere, including Philadelphia.” -MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

“Palm Ghosts is the new band/project created by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Joseph Lekkas who was previously in the band Grammar Debate. After that band dissolved Lekkas took some time off from the world of music…only to realize a few years later that creating music was “...necessary to beat his anxieties.” Thus, the band now serves two purposes. To beat the anxieties of the musician…and to relieve anxieties in the minds of those who hear it. Recorded in an old warehouse during an intensely cold winter, this self-titled album presents intelligent songs that are inspired and real. These tunes remind us somewhat of Starflyer 59 except the overall feel is somewhat more folky and reserved. Lekkas has a great voice and a real knack for knowing how to put the pieces together. These tracks are resilient, personal, and reflective. Our favorite cuts include “Dr. Tiger,” “Airplane Jane,” “I Know You Won’t Break My Heart,” and “All My Life (I’ve Been Waiting.).” – BABY SUE


"Pennsylvania’s Joseph Lekkas makes ‘sun-damaged American music’ in his new guise as Palm Ghosts. His first self-titled album as Palm Ghosts is a beautiful collection of songs inspired by an intense period of depression." - AMELIA'S MAGAZINE UK

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released August 27, 2014

All Songs Written, Arranged and Produced By: Joseph Lekkas
Cheetah Vs. Helicopter Music, ASCAP

Engineered By: Joseph Lekkas
Mixed and Mastered By: Rob Shaffer

Recorded at Surreal Sound Studios, Kensington, Philadelphia PA
Winter, 2013-14

Cover Photography and Design By: Joseph Lekkas

Personnel:
Joseph Lekkas: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Banjo
Walt Epting: Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Alexander Yaker: Piano
Vince Tampio: Trumpets
Maura Dwyer: Cello
Dan Storer: Bass, Backing Vocals

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Palm Ghosts is an indie rock band from East Nashville by way of Philadelphia.
They are fine purveyors of the sound of one hand clapping.

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Track Name: Dr. Tiger
All I can say when the streetlights circle halos in your eyes,
is you belong to me
And, if you stay, I will travel to the reaches of the stars
and bring them down to you, today
I often find, that the only thing that matters in this world, in this world to me is your peace of mind
When the moonlight casts its shadows, hold me close. Hold me close to you.
Track Name: Seasons
Hey little girl, you sure look good to me
I've been running around this messed up world for as long as I could breathe
But here you come with sunlight skies, the brightest eyes i've ever seen
Hey little girl, you sure look good to me

Hey summertime, come take away my pain
So weary, cold and heavy eyed, from walking in the rain
Your skies they shine like polished glass
You never last, you slip away
Hey summertime, please take away my pain

Hey little girl, how come you didn't stay?
I tried to hold you close to me, somehow you slipped away
you left me in the autumn time, with winter at my gate
hey little girl, 'til summer I will wait
Track Name: Airplane Jane
She boards the airplane, 5am
The smell of rain and cigarettes
The runway slick with kerosene
Wanna light a match and run

I start the car, shift into gear
The air is getting thicker still
She's buckled in, the runway's clear
She disappears into the sun

Someday this will all make sense
Were her final words to me
Leaving is the consequence
Of our love’s chronology
But you should still believe

The darkest days of winter pass
And springtime’s grassy breezes blow
A kiss from far across the sea
From someone that I used to know

With windblown visage she appears
A phantom at my bedroom door
I reach across the empty bed
And throw her picture on the floor

Someday this will all make sense
Were her final words to me
Leaving is the consequence
Of our love’s chronology
But you should still believe, If that's what you need

Believing never got me far, and peace of mind ain't free
You had your pick of choices girl, But your choice just wasn't me
Track Name: Chesapeake City
Augustine, Sweet Augustine, The hour’s getting late
The path ahead is darkness with no moon to light my way
The river flows before us like a starless summer sky
My time with you is precious, but we’re both living a lie

My children are home sleeping, My husband off to sea
The lonely hours made shorter when you turned your eyes to me
The eastern shoreline shimmers like a silver bridal gown
As the storm clouds start to gather over old bohemia town

Augustine, Sweet Augustine, Your eyes are cold as ice
You treat me like a stranger and my heart has paid the price
My children have been taken and my husband’s lost at sea
I’m sleepless and sedated and there’s not much left of me

Augustine, Sweet Augustine, The hour’s getting late
The path ahead is darkness with no moon to light my way
The river flows above me like a starless summer sky
I see the city shimmering through the water as I die
Track Name: Canaries In The Mine
Every day we leave behind is another lifetime
And every week that spins away, sleeping through each day
We are alone, for sure
Canaries in the mine

Pictures of another life, but one i've lived before
Filtered through the sunlight
The girl next door, that I adored and left behind
She's such a lovely sight

Soft and distant lullabye
Suburban skies and fireflies
Voices from another room, they rise and fall
I loved them all, years ago, life's ebb and flow
Canaries in the mine

Every day we leave behind, Canaries in the mine
Track Name: I Know You Won't Break My Heart
Everybody thinks I'm crazy
Everybody thinks I'm a fool
But they don't know you and me together
I know you won't break my heart

I had a run of bad luck
I had strangers breaking down my door to do me harm
I know that you are my protection
I know you wont' break my heart

Maybe I am just a fool
Who never played by any rules
Who never knew my rights from wrongs
Who wasn't strong
Maybe you're the wind and rain
Falling down to make my grave
The ever present ace of spades

I know you won't break my heart
I know you won't break my heart
I hope you don't beak my heart
I hope you don't beak my heart
Track Name: Oh, Sleepytime!
Old Lazy River, Silent and Dry
Which once flowed with water, ‘til time sucked her dry
The town to which she flowed, grew empty and died
The only survivors, dead flowers and sky

Sleepytime, Oh sleepytime
Sleepytime, Oh sleepytime
The skeleton man and the preacher man
They both shook hands and made their plans

Old weathered farmer with Clementine eyes
Went out to the harvest, all ravaged by flies
His hard calloused fingers, all worked to the bone
Abandoned the wasteland he once called his home

Sleepytime, Oh sleepytime
Sleepytime, Oh sleepytime
The skeleton man and the preacher man
They both shook hands and made their plans
Track Name: All My Life (I've Been Waiting)
All My life, I’ve been waiting for a change
Change my ways, before I really go insane
Life, so many obstacles to climb
Life, always seems to call to me
And I can’t keep waiting all my days, all my days

The pretty face, always seems to get the ace
It’s all-in time, before I really lose my mind
Life, so many obstacles to climb
Life, always seems to call to me
And I can’t keep waiting all my days, all my days