PALACE – ” Lover (Don’t Let Me Down) “

Posted: October 4, 2021 in MUSIC

Palace is a band out of London making expansive, emotive alt-rock. At the centre of their sound is Leo Wyndham’s falsetto vocal, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Jeff Buckley, though I also hear traces of My Morning Jacket and DIIV and alt-J in their sound. As if telegraphing the Buckley influence, Palace’s new song out today is called “Lover (Don’t Let Me Down)” — maybe it’s a prequel to “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over”? The dreamy but dynamic track is the lead single from Palace’s upcoming album “Shoals”.

It explores and questions what really is palpable and real — what really matters and what we become in death — and the fear of that. The fear of existing and the fear of dying. It’s an ode to the power of the ocean and the majesty of nature and how sometimes they are the only things that truly feel real, living and breathing.

The album, released to be released January 21st, 2022, will also include recent single ‘Gravity’ – which arrived last month along with news of a February tour. These will be the band’s biggest shows to date, including a massive gig at Brixton’s O2 Academy.

The album was written during the UK’s first coronavirus lockdown in 2020, during which Wyndham was forced to confront a number of mental health issues. “I’m one of those people who’s tried to run away from those fears and anxieties, but [during lockdown] I had a real feeling of ‘Shit, I can’t hide from this now’,” .“My brain was like a conveyer belt of negative thoughts and a feeling of purposelessness. When music was taken away, I started to wonder what the fuck my purpose was.”

Grappling with an existing health anxiety, fear of death, and “extreme panic”, all of which intensified during the pandemic, Wyndham also suffered from long COVID during the album’s creation – which enflamed his lungs for nine months.

“It felt like I had a clamp on my chest,” he continued. “At first, his illness also impacted his ability to sing. “I felt very lethargic and heavy, I had terrible chest cramps. I started to fear it might even threaten my career.”

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