Palm Springs are from London and from Brighton, where they seem to have tapped into a deep lineage of guitar-focused classic indie rock. But with a few licks of electronica around the edges too! No Love Is Ever Lost is released on 12” vinyl via an imprint operated by Palm Springs themselves: Random Acts Of Vinyl.
Vinyl LP £14.99 RAOV17
LP on Random Acts of Vinyl.
Are we ready to softly ballad? I said... Are We Ready To Softly Ballad? Good, you’ve come to the right place.
Palm Springs play music that sounds crafted. It seems that they have been using special knives to chip little bits of good music off a big block of all music. Their music is slow, they aren’t in a rush to get anywhere. The opening couplet of songs sound like they nestle in the same place as Tindersticks and Nick Cave, all emotional balladry with added strings and sighing backing vocals. The general sound is bookishly the same as last years marvellous the Apartments album with majestic late night atmospheres that would sound good in a room lit only by candlelight. I’m awaiting a few more upbeat songs because I know they can do it (see last years ’Seal My Fate’ single for proof) and it duly arrives with ‘Lost and Lonely’ which is a delightful little piece that sparkles like the Go Betweens on a rainy day.
This sort of earnest music can be a trudge at times and you are going to invest time in this - there’s the odd misstep - I just can’t get on with the electronics on ’No Love Lost’ which adds an as yet unseen edge of cheesiness to their music but this is a well thought out album of adult music…and I don’t mean that as a criticism. It comes from the same mature brand of sweepingly cinematic songwriting as the likes of Tindersticks, Last Harbour and Trash Can Sinatras. And it has to be said that they do this stuff very well.
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