Returning with a UK and Ireland tour following a string of eagerly anticipated new releases, London-based Palace return to deliver a taste of their new material after a short break.
Following the success of their debut album ‘So Long Forever’ in 2016, the band have gone from strength to strength, moving from intimate venues to festival stages in quick succession, jumping from single and EP releases to a debut that’s held strong for over 2 years.
Starting the evening, Hidden-Herd featurettes Hot Dreams delivered their usual dose of meticulously-crafted indie, creating scaping soundwaves and eruptive crescendoes in droves. Their performance bounced between their audience favourites such as ‘Plungepool’ and newer tracks which show a marked step up in their production and songwriting.
With a crowd that was palpably hungry for new music, Palace littered their set with notable favourites and new tracks that had already won the hearts of loyal fans. The mention of their follow-up album was met with an eager response – the audience had an obvious hunger following their short break. As a reward, Palace took their setlist all the way back to their first EP, gifting the audience with passionate performances of audience favourites such as ‘Kilorean’.
Tracks such as ‘No Other’ maintained their trademark appeal of smooth, melancholic rock, leveraging the same organic, scaping sounds of stateside artists such as Mac Demarco and Alex G. Back in the UK, they have fronted a resurgence of this sound amicably, welcoming HH featurettes such as Beachtape and Nature TV to the growing genre.
With their latest releases however, Palace have deepened their sound, entertaining more masterful refrain to make those lovable crescendos even stronger. On ‘Heaven Up There’, they play with looser instrumental timings and melodies to expand their sound and capture wider audiences that may be more akin to the expansive sounds of The National.
What’s clear is that Palace have stepped up to the plate for their sophomore album; striking the right balance between experimentation and affirmation that seems to be so difficult to attain. Considering the reaction of the audience, it seems album number 2 may even land stronger than the first. Watch this space.