Palm Ghosts

by Palm Ghosts

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1.
Dr. Tiger 03:28
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.
2.
Seasons 04:31 video
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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

about

“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 Nashville, Tennessee

Palm Ghosts is the sound of an 80s prom in a war zone…located in the dead heart of country music, Nashville, TN.

More at home in rainy Manchester, the quartet weaves cinematic dream pop and new wave with brooding post punk.

Embracing their 80’s idols, like New Order, The Cure, David Bowie, John Carpenter and even Divine, Palm Ghosts take the genre to soaring new heights.
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