Soaring, glimmering pop heading for the stratosphere at a thousand miles an hour, sounding postiviely palatial.
Palace Winter are back with their first new music in over two years. The band, led by Australian songwriter Carl Coleman and Danish songwriter/producer Caspar Hesselager, are set to release their third album '...Keep Dreaming, Buddy' via the Tambourhinoceros label.
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The new record is a collection of the band's most exciting and ambitious songs to date. Whilst keeping their widescreen, pop sensibilities, Coleman and Hesselager wanted to broaden their horizons, exploring hip-hop beats, 70s soul, 80s electronics and 90s guitars: “Jim James and St. Vincent producing Elliot Smith over Kendrick Lamar beats”. Despite being a melting pot of these styles the new record still sounds very Palace Winter.
At the center of Tenerife stands Mt. Tiede, inviting you to climb it’s beautiful slopes, yet reminding you of the destruction it can unleash at any moment. The volcano has become the symbol at the center of Palace Winter’s third album and their lead single from the LP, 'Top of the Hill' featuring Soffie Viemose of Lowly.
An unmissable, forward-looking optimism shades their previous two albums, despite touching on grave themes of death, grief, and trauma. What is new, however, is not just optimism, but celebration in the face of uncertainty, and the sonic idiosyncrasy this contrast creates. 'Keep Dreaming Buddy' is a portal into their new reality of even brighter colours, even more disparate influences, and constant reminders of life’s fragile existence... A party in idyllic Tenerife with the ever-present volcano rumbling in the distance.
Palace Winter are Australian lead singer and guitarist Carl Coleman and Danish, classically trained pianist and producer Caspar Hesselager. Their third album is once again mixed and mastered by Hesselager and produced by both Hesselager and Coleman. And as the story of the album shows, the two have forged an ever-growing and symbiotic relationship together.
The band's first two records, 'Nowadays' and 'Waiting for the World to Turn', received critical acclaim from The Guardian, NME, The New York Times and more, with several singles playlisted at BBC Radio 6 Music. In typical Palace Winter style, these albums explore themes of death, grief and trauma but always with an unmissable, forward-looking shade of optimism.
'...Keep Dreaming, Buddy', was however conceived among obviously absurd circumstances. The two songwriters had established a daily long-distance correspondence of demos between Copenhagen and Tenerife while Carl was living on the island last winter. “I was walking around this weird volcano island. The retro hotel was like some kind of forgotten paradise resort. The whole thing felt like some kind of Lynchian alternate reality” says Coleman.
While the album expands on Palace Winter’s characteristic contrast between sonic buoyancy and thematic struggle, it marks a departure from their earlier confident optimsm. “There’s a hint of a cry for freedom” says Hesselager of the album. This tone is reflected in the ambiguous album title '...Keep Dreaming, Buddy', conveying what could be interpreted as easy-going encouragement or condescending sarcasm. “A passer-by might cry it out on a busy city street, or your partner might whisper it patronisingly under their breath.”
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1. Monument Eyes
2. Won't Be Long
4. Top of the Hill (feat. Lowly)
5. Richard (Says Yes) (feat. Penny Police)
6. Keep Dreaming, Buddy
7. The Deeper End (feat. Jason Lytle)
10. Lava Moving over the Land
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