Copenhagen based duo Palace Winter are about to release their sophomore album Nowadays on May 4 via Tambourhinoceros. Today the band share new single “Come Back (Left Behind)” – LISTEN HERE
The powerful and uptempo single’s bright notes contrast with lyrics that dwell on the challenges of anxiety, coming to terms with the loss of a lover, and feeling like you’ll never escape the grief. The Line of Best Fit have already weighed in declaring it “might be Palace Winter’s best track yet.”
Band member Carl Coleman explains, “This song is about being visited in your dreams by the ghost of a past love. That point in time when one is consumed by the fog of grief. It’s loosely inspired by the British horror film ‘The Witch’. I loved the imagery in that movie and the idea that there was some sort of unknown darkness hidden in the woods. I wanted to merge that imagery with something personal and that’s where the themes of grief and yearning came up.” Commenting on the instrumentation, he continues, “I also like the contrast of these darker themes with the poppy synthesizers and the light momentum of the beat. We deliberately avoided acoustic guitar to try and get the drive from somewhere else like the piano lines and the jagged 12-string electric.”
In the past few months, Palace Winter have released two singles, played a sold-out London show, and announced an extensive UK fall tour. Their initial single, “Take Shelter”, was highlighted by Sir Elton John on his Beats 1 show “Rocket Hour”, and the New York Times called it a “darkly intoxicating potion.” Culture Collide described second single, “Empire”, as “an enchanting cut of Northern sorcery. Icy synths propel the track forward above a textural rhythm of strummed guitars and electronic drums, while dramatic string accents rise like fjords from the frozen sea.”While Buffablog said, the track “sways around like a glorious classical overture blended with all the arena readiness of a Bruce Springsteen concoction and doused in the more modern, instrumentally layered touches of indie darlings like The War on Drugs.”
Nowadays is an album dealing with the human condition, mortality, and the challenges of being present in a world full of distractions. These themes are explored through tracks that swell between tender ballads and high-energy melodies, using big and floating keys, insisting beats and melodic rhythmic guitar lines.