“The Modern Age,” the one holdover from last year’s EP From Silence, is a driving, Interpol-esque chiller centering on Palladino’s repeated refrain, “Ooohh, aaahh/You run from the modern age,” delivered with an emotive yelp that would make Chan Marshall blush. And the atmospheric “The Cold” and “Storms,” a pair of textured slow-burners, also effectively transported one from the concert’s “tiny” live setting to a vast cinematic headspace that evokes desolation and romance in equal measure.
Expect similar results Sunday at MOTR.
Of course, Palladino has long been expert at stirring emotions. An actress for half of her 32 years — she most recently played Angela Darmody in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire — and the daughter of an opera singer, Palladino seems to relish revealing her vulnerable side, a trait that makes Exitmusic’s grand musical excursions impossible to ignore.
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