London’s Palace has just been released Disappear, a sensual and trance indie rock experience. He should appear on their next album, Benches.
Palace frontman Leo Wyndham says “Shoals is a record about confronting our own fears and anxieties. With the driving, relentless beats and abrasive distorted textures that are explored on the fresh single, Disappear, you might wonder if the band is leaning into that feeling of tension, rather than trying to overcome it.
That said, Disappear is not an infuriating experience. On the contrary, its pounding grooves and cathedral vibe are mesmerizing. There’s no doubt its leaning towards tonal rock tropes, but they prove there’s still plenty of room for mystery.
There are nods to fellow Brits in the way Palace handles the guitar in this track. You can hear Radiohead’s urgency in its early Coldplay rhythms and cavernous reverbs. The refreshing thing about Disappear is the combination of the two environments: there are sounds that seem close enough to touch, then there are those that might be from another dimension (or pulled from your subconscious, perhaps). But everything naturally works together.
Then there’s the focal point: Wyndham’s voice. A soft croon that arrives like a melodic whisper, only to be joined by even more delicate harmonies, reaching its celestial climax on the chorus: “Am I paranoid? » Well, if you weren’t, you might be after listening to this.
It all adds up to an experience you won’t soon forget. Palace uses tried and tested tools, while shaping the track into something that exists inside and outside the confines of indie rock.