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Palm Ghosts

The ghosts of the past don’t always live in crumbling houses or dusky, frigid landscapes. Sometimes they exist in broad daylight, haunting white sand beaches. Dwelling beneath the canopies of palms that clutter the shorelines of coastal towns. Sometimes their singing is drowned-out by the crashing of waves, sometimes their volume is deafening.
Palm Ghosts are sun-damaged American Music from Philadelphia. After the dissolution of longtime band, Grammar Debate, in the summer of 2010, songwriter Joseph Lekkas took a self-imposed hiatus from writing and performing music. For the better part of three years, he lived overcome with daily anxieties, barely leaving his house, a prisoner to a constant sense of fight or flight. Through the help of close friends and family, meditation and talk therapy, he was able to regain his joy for living. He found that translating his thoughts and feelings into song was not only therapeutic, but necessary to his survival. Four years later he re-emerged with a set of songs he self-recorded with the help of a few longtime collaborators. These are those songs.
Self produced and recorded in a warehouse in an old industrial section of the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia during one of the most brutal winters in the city’s history. Palm Ghosts is a collection of songs documenting life’s contrasts, where darkness thrives in broad daylight, sadness rings through major chords and desolation greets you with a smile. The songs reverberate with desperation and heartbreak, yet glimmer with a delicate sheen of optimism and hope. Much like the radiant end of a long, frigid winter.



The Southgate House Revival (The Revival Room)