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New Music: Palace

August 1, 2015

MusicReview | by Sophia Miles


Flourishing London based four-piece Palace will end a busy festival season with the release of reverb drenched single Head Above the Water on September 7th, following feverishly received EP Lost In The Night last October and latest EP Chase The Light.


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Crafted in the ‘The Arch’ as the creative hub of Tottenham, these otherwise innocuous suburban streets have been the humble base of band members Leo Wyndham on guitar, vocals, Rupert Turner on guitar, Will Dorey on bass and Matt Hodges on the sticks during their surprisingly short musical lifespan approaching merely a year, such is their ever maturing sound.

The Arch provides an all-encompassing rehearsal and recording base where sleep and nourishment are relegated to lesser needs below the relentless urge to convey this distinctly bohemian atmosphere into a sound blending raw urban grit with a compelling Foals-esque shimmer as an intoxicating mix.

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Head Above the Water is introduced with pounding bass drums chiming with reverberating guitar, as lightly plucked guitar notes weave through Wyndham’s expressive vocal delivery like a gliding salmon moving steadily upstream before a gentle climb into the repeated chorus cries of “Keep your head above the water”. Dripping with an intimate connection with the listener throughout, the track is almost disconcerting in its effortless understatement running in paradox to a weighty tale of encouragement.

A dreamy instrumental compromises on the bridge section mid-way, complete with eerie vocal echoes before a lengthy outro concludes the piece, providing an intriguing glimpse into the trajectory of a group seemingly willing to explore a range of musical styles without comprising an innovative DIY song writing process in favour of easily listening radio fodder.

Despite only having a handful of tunes and gig dates to their name, a promising sign for the foursome is the company they’ve kept in such a short period. Support shows with alt-rock luminaries Jamie T and Ghostpoet have paved the way for sold out headline shows and forthcoming festival appearances, before the UK will get a closer look at what’s to come with a full UK headline tour schedule in October.

 

Words by Jamie Boyd