Monica Palmer, the visionary behind the evocative debut album “We Are All Escaping,” invites listeners on a transformative journey through the depths of human emotion. Through her ethereal vocals, flute melodies, and atmospheric synths, Palmer crafts a sonic tapestry that resonates with vulnerability and self-discovery. The album, recorded in the intimate space of her bedroom and masterfully mixed and mastered by Kyler Daron at Den Studios Recording, unveils a profound narrative of personal evolution. Palmer’s musical odyssey began as a response to her own separation and divorce in 2019, birthing a period of introspection and creative exploration. This album stands as a testament to her newfound willingness to occupy space, both in her artistry and in the world.
The lead track, “Afterwards,” delicately weaves poignant lyrics (“Afterwards, there’s no one to hold you”) into an introspective soundscape, reflecting on the complexities of self-sabotage in relationships. “Phases of the Moon” unravels the ache of premature endings, a heartrending revelation of the choices that shape our romantic narratives. A noteworthy moment in the album’s production arose when Palmer’s son, touched by an intuitive sense of her emotions, repeatedly voiced, “Mommy is sad.” This poignant episode inspired the creation of “Mommy is Sad,” a track that encapsulates the poignant intersection of parenthood and artistic expression. Monica Palmer, with her entrancing debut, lays bare the intricacies of the human experience.
“We Are All Escaping” is not just an album; it’s a profound testament to the power of music as a vessel for self-exploration and emotional revelation. As Palmer beautifully encapsulates, “Making music is my escape. But it’s also the force that draws me closer to myself, and heightens my perspective of the world around me.”