Alt-rockers with blues in the heart and soul in their lungs, Palace are set to release their first ever EP, 'Lost In The Night'. The Londoners mix and match guitars that are floaty and meditative with louder, rawer excursions that reminisce over bands like Buffalo Springfield. Should be good, because everybody gets the blues, right?
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For a brief moment I thought this was a new Will Oldham offering, but it would appear this is a different Palace entirely - one peddling a slickly produced indie rock sound with big earnest vocals that takes blues-rock into the theatri-pop direction of bands like Future Islands and Wild Beasts. These four met in school and this is their debut EP so I'm guessing they're still just bairns, but while this sort of radio indie isn't exactly my cup of tea I'd take the worst song from this collection over the best cut from Dry The River's redundant new offering.
'Ocean Deep' is my highlight, a smoky bit of late night bar rock full of vocal Buckleyisms and ebbing and flowing dynamics and pacing, building to a sweet bit of dual-guitar twiddling that explodes into Spector-esque reverb chords and vocal acrobatics. Sadly the flabby blues-rock plodder 'Veins' which follows it offers the EP's weakest moment by far before the carefree Paolo Nutini-ish 'Lost In The Night' closes things respectably. Patchy, yes, and nowhere near as good as the new offering by the similarly-aged Twin Peaks, but taking into account that these kids are fresh out of school this is a perfectly respectable debut.
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