Written by: Mike Dimitriou
San Francisco Bay Area outfit KnightressM1 presents their debut album Dreams and Devastation, an ambitious 12-song concept album that explores both the emotional depths of personal transformation and the journey of cosmic awakening. Co-produced by front-woman Emily Palen and esteemed producer John “Lou” Lousteau (Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett), it was recorded at Foo Fighters’ acclaimed Studio 606 near LA.
KM1 is a power rock trio based in Oakland. Formed in 2011 by violinist, vocalist, pianist and composer Palen with support from drummer Rob Ahlers (50FOOTWAVE, Kristin Hersh), KnightressM1 was joined by bassist Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake) for this album. Fueled by a deep necessity to defy limitation, their heavy driving bass and rhythm are rounded out with lots of harmonic layering and sonic beauty.
Palen is a classically-trained virtuoso who has spent her life mastering violin, piano, singing, and composition. As a young adult, she began exploring the concept of transmitting consciousness through improvisation. She explored this power through sacred solfeggio in the steadfast belief that these specific audio tones have transformative power.