After releasing her first album as Palehound in 2015, Ellen Kempner struggled with grief and anxiety after the death of a close friend and her grandmother. Those experiences inspired the songs on the Boston singer and guitarist's sophomore LP, "A Place I'll Always Go." As a result the album is heavier and more experimental than the trio's debut.

More from OpenAir Sessions:

Palehound stopped into the CPR Performance Studio before a gig at Lost Lake Lounge. Kempner played four songs from "A Place I'll Always Go" and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about maturing as a songwriter over the past two years and her inclusion on the New York Times' "25 Women Making The Best Rock Music Today."

​Stream the session and watch Palehound perform "If You Met Her" above. Watch more videos from the session.

Songs performed:

  • "Carnations"

  • "Flowing Over"

  • "If You Met Her"

  • "Feeling Fruit"