The duo’s third album, ‘The Recognitions,’ is due April 20.
Exitmusic has existed since the mid-2000s as the creative partnership of real-life couple Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church. Early press for the New York band mentioned their wondrous first encounter, meeting on a train while backpacking across Canada, trying to watch a meteor shower. They married in 2003 and crafted a pair of sweeping albums together -- 2007’s The Decline of the West and 2012’s Passage -- though their third album (and first in six years), The Recognitions, comes from an entirely different headspace.
"Our relationship finally cracked when Aleksa took a break from recording to work on a film in Iowa," Church says. Palladino, Exitmusic’s vocalist, is also an accomplished actress, with work ranging from prestige HBO dramas to acclaimed art house films. This particular project led to a profound turning point in her life, and ultimately, the band.
“[The film] takes place on a lake so deep, indigenous people believed it had no bottom, and was a portal to the spirit world,” Church says. “When Aleksa returned from shooting, I could tell immediately something major had shifted. She described an experience of standing up in a boat on the lake and seeing her reflection in the water, and having the realization that we had only been living on the surface of life -- that there were fathomless depths to be explored if we were able to set each other free."