Palace Winter release first single “Top of the Hill” from forthcoming album out 23rd October

June 12, 2020
Photo Credit: Dennis Morton
Palace Winter
release lead single
“Top of the Hill” (ft. Soffie Viemose of Lowly)
New album,  “… Keep Dreaming, Buddy
out 23rd October on Tambourhinoceros

Palace Winter release lead single “Top of the Hill” (ft. Soffie Viemose of Lowly) – a bright, powerful intro, encapsulating life’s overwhelming moments –  from their forthcoming album, … Keep Dreaming, Buddy out 23rd October 2020 on Tambourhinoceros.

At the center of Tenerife stands Mt. Tiede, inviting you to climb it’s beautiful slopes, yet reminding you of the destruction it can unleash at any moment. The volcano has become the symbol at the center of Palace Winter’s new album.  Much of  … Keep Dreaming, Buddy was written through a long-distance correspondence of demos between the band’s Carl Coleman and Caspar Hesselager, while Coleman was living in Tenerife last winter. 

In “Top of the Hill”, Coleman’s fears of relationship fallout are set on the stage of the island. “I was walking around this weird volcano island. The retro hotel was like a forgotten paradise resort. The whole thing felt like a Lynchian alternate reality.” explains Coleman. “Caspar was sending me these synth hooks and drum loops from Denmark, so I started coming up with melodies and lyrical ideas to record into my phone”

Carl found found himself confronted by the new landscape. “I began to think of the volcano as a metaphor for our lives: volatile, mysterious, beautiful, dangerous. No matter where you were on the island, you could see it. Looking down on us. Asleep. But at any moment, it might wake up and destroy everything.”

Meanwhile, in Denmark, Hesselager was venturing into a different kind of environment too. Searching for an untrodden sonic path, he began drawing on inspiration from hip-hop beats, and soul-like hooks. “Top of the Hill” throws us into Palace Winter’s new undulating, bombastic sound of disparate influences, though it is still unmistakably theirs. “As with all our albums, the music arises when you’re looking for inspiration in less obvious places, and you walk into unknown territory” says Hesselager. “The point is always to pour a little of something that feels new into the mix.”  As an example of this,“Top of the Hill” features vocal contributions from Soffie Viemose of Bella Union’s experimental pop group, Lowly. 

“Top of the Hill” is Palace Winter’s powerful embrace of both the ups and downs of life; the view from the top, and the long way there is to fall. This dualism is present in Coleman’s and Hesselager’s distant yet paralleled search for inspiration in unexplored territory. The title of the album and single are infused with a duplexity that define the entire record. “Keep dreaming, buddy”, a friend could calmly reassure, or a partner might condescendingly mutter.

… Keep Dreaming, Buddy, is a portal into Palace Winter’s new reality of even brighter colors and constant reminders of life’s fragile existence… A party in idyllic Tenerife with the ever-present volcano rumbling in the distance.

Palace Winter are Australian lead singer and guitarist Carl Coleman and Danish, classically trained pianist and producer, Caspar Hesselager. Their third album is mixed and mastered by Hesselager and produced by both Hesselager and Coleman.

Pre-order …Keep Dreaming, Buddy HERE


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