Robert Lund
Robert Lund
“That’s when it started up,  You said you’d had enough, You circled like a shark,
I’m hiding in the bar,   Not knowing where you are”
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Since Palace Winter first uploaded their pulsating track ‘Menton’ onto the Fresh on the Net Dropbox last August, I’ve been pretty much listening to their psyched out music on-loop.
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Fast-forward to December: fresh off the back of their hugely successful debut EP, Medication,  and, after a series of Winter tour dates across mainland Europe, the guys came to London to make their fantastically good live debut in a jam-packed Birthdays.  Now, after a well earned Christmas break and some kickass festival slots to start off the new year, Palace Winter are back with new single, ‘Positron’, a “teaser” lead track from their upcoming album, scheduled to hit the musicverse later this year.
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Palace Winter have a distinct, identifiable sound that sounds like, well, Palace Winter.  They own their “sound” which isn’t really comparable with this band or that band – it is what it is, and it is how they sound.  Unique.
A bit indie, a bit country, a bit kraut – very Carl and very Caspar.
Where many new bands struggle, theses dudes have succeeded, quite effortlessly and expeditiously at that; it’s not many new acts that can say their sound is so readily recognisable after only 6 months on the block.
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So what about ‘Positron’?
Positron, which is lingo for “Positive Electron” – a subatomic particle nonetheless (search me, I was no good at physics in school) – is a song in a similar vein to EP singles ‘Menton’, with it’s “beatasticness” (oh Mr Rindorf you do so please my percussive lovin’ soul) and ‘Time Machine’, vis a vis, the intro, the riff of which is morphed from it’s older sibling.
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A song of two halves, it also has many hues, melding red hot scorch with drugged out ominous black drone, both of which bookend a melodious chorus line that lights up the track at, ironically, it’s darkest lyrical point.  Carl Coleman’s central guitar riff, which extends throughout from the anticipative intro, and on which everything else hangs, is like a freaked out version of Bauhaus’ ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’.
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The first four minutes of ‘Positron’ are fast and furious with clamorous beats, Coleman’s cheeky Oz accented vocal and trademark guitar sounds – once heard, never forgotten – and Caspar Hasselager’s intuitive, spacious, and understated basslines.  While the verse belongs to Coleman and Rindorf, the chorus belongs to the great Dane.  Hasselager’s ever magical synth playing is exceptional and his harmonies to Colemans vocal are just gorgeous.
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“Last night you woke me up,  You said your body turned to stone,
And when you tried to talk, You started sinking down below “
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As always, Coleman goes for it on the outtro, only this time, instead of running out with a fast-paced, high energy instrumental escapade, the final two minutes are pure instrumental sludge.  Like a record played at the wrong speed, the sequence is slow-mo drone dragged through an amp backwards, the kind of instrumental that would make for a seriously cool soundtrack to a cult sci-fi film.
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After Medication I was concerned about how Palace Winter’s next batch of material could ever live up to such a stunning debut.  The EP was so exceptionally fab, I thought they might just have jumped the gun, played all their cards, and emptied the tank in a too much, too soon kinda way.  Oh doubting Thomasina and me of little faith.  Having seen them, heard them and spoken to them, how could I ever have had any cause for alarm.  There is so much more in the cavernously deep PW musical tank, whilst their creative juices just seem to be flowing faster and deeper than the Murray/Darling rivers (one for Carl).
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I didn’t think any other Palace Winter song could ever come close to matching the addictive beats and magnetic qualities of ‘Menton’ but I was wrong.
As it’s name would suggest, ‘Positron’ is positively electrifying.  Like a powerful musical current it will enliven and energise, and, despite its somewhat mysteriously opaque lyrical theme, it is an adrenalin boosting, seratonin surging, and mood enhancing positively charged thriller of a song.
Palace Winter are playing the prestigious 2016 by:Larm Festival in Oslo, 2nd to 5th March, and you can check out their schedule here.
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Oh & P.S.  Palace Winter have announced the release of their debut album ‘Waiting For The World To Turn’, out June 3rd via Tambourhinoceros.

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