In the last eight months, Palace have ridden a wave of overwhelming critical and fan support. Building on the acclaim garnered with their debut EP ‘Lost In The Night’ last October, their latest EP ‘Chase The Light’ was released on 8th June. The Radio 1 support has continued with lead track ‘Kiloran’ having its world premiere on Annie Mac’s show and receiving subsequent daytime plays, while Huw Stephens premiered forthcoming single ‘Head Above The Water’. Support has also come from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and XFM’s Georgie Rogers, Maz Tappuni and John Kennedy, who premiered ‘Settle Down’ and with whom they did a session and interview, and also Jo Good, who made ‘Kiloran’ her Shock of the New.
Where did they come from? To fully understand Palace’s music it’s necessary to know where it’s made. Tucked away down a side street in deepest Tottenham, ‘The Arch’ is a creative nerve centre packed with young artists, designers and musicians where the band (Leo Wyndham: guitar, vocals, Rupert Turner: guitar, Will Dorey: bass, Matt Hodges: drums) rehearse, record, unwind and, if needs be, sleep. If the power cuts out every now and then, that’s just part of the appeal.
But then, Palace are all about atmosphere. ‘Chase The Light’ is their first release with support from Fiction. Lead single ‘Kiloran’ might just be their most majestic stadium-sized ballad yet. However, its raw reverb-drenched sound only scratches the surface of Palace’s creative ambitions. Forthcoming single ‘Head Above Water’ is a sensual, sun-streaked love song worthy of Jeff Buckley, while exquisite examinations of warring emotions (‘Settle Down’), the power of love (‘Tomahawk’) and self doubt (‘Chase The Light’) come with a subterranean stillness which suggest you’re in The Arch with them.