Who is Squints Palledorous? This local songwriter releases her music from behind a veil of anonymity, not sharing any photographs or even her real name.
Her debut album, The Great Bambino, was released this fall on cassette via Boat Dreams. The collection’s low-key, reverb-drenched pop songs and electronic beats were intriguing enough to make us want to learn more, so we contacted Squints with some questions via email. The takeaway from this little Q&A? She’s shy, naturally secretive, and horribly disfigured.
BeatRoute: Why the secrecy, Squints?
Squints Palledorous: I’m shy…and naturally secretive. Not to mention, horribly disfigured.
BR: If you won’t reveal your identity, what can you tell us about yourself?
SP: I’m shy…and naturally secretive. Not to mention, horribly disfigured.
BR: Why did you name your project and album after the 1993 film The Sandlot?
SP: I’ve always admired Michael Squints Palledorous’ bravery — it’s something I lack. I was a cautious child and Squints became somewhat of a personal hero for me. Plus, I felt that the naivety of The Sandlot mimics the naivety of my music.
BR: How did you record these songs and how did the album come together?
SP: I used to have a really shitty synth that supplied my musical outlet — but I lent it to someone who died and it felt too insensitive to ask for it back. So, I started using GarageBand instead. Each song is written and recorded in about one hour, two hours tops.
BR: Is this your first musical project, or have you played in other bands?
SP: First one! I’m not actually musical; I’m just faking it.
BR: What inspired these songs?
SP: Each song is individual — I didn’t have a grand scheme when making these songs…nobody was supposed to hear them. So there’s no general theme. Most songs are about family and the unconscious mind.
BR: Did you play and record everything yourself?
SP: Yeah. Chris van der Laan from Boat Dreams From the Hill helped compile them in such a way that makes sense, though.
The Great Bambino is out now on Boat Dreams from the HIll.
By Ottowan Veldelchuan