As the release of their eagerly anticipated debut full length draws closer, London four piece PALACE have shared the official video for their latest cut from the album; the darkly beautiful ‘Holy Smoke’. With its poignant lyrics and heartfelt vocal delivery, the track is a shining example of what to expect from the the band’s passionate and honest forthcoming record ‘So Long Forever‘ will be released 4th November on Fiction Records / Caroline Australia.
On the track, which premiered via Stereogum, front man Leo Wyndham explains, “Someone once told me that when someone dies you have to open the window to let their soul escape. The Holy Smoke. This song is about being in that situation which I was, not that long ago. It’s about losing someone close to you, and experiencing something quite spiritual in the moments after death – when by their side.”
Dark and enchanting, ‘So Long Forever’ has been produced by Adam Jaffery (Beach Baby, Dev Hynes, Francis Lung) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (The Maccabees, Florence + the Machine, Wild Beasts).
It is the kind of record you don’t want to become a premonition. Leo had written it about the recent separation of his parents and the death of a family member; songs of destructive relationships, painful splits and bitter regrets. Then, album recorded but the blows still fresh, he suffered a break-up himself and the album took on an even darker relevance. “Two or three of the songs were almost predictions,” Leo says ruefully. “’So Long Forever’ and ‘Live Well’ are about things that had never happened to me in a relationship but have all kind of come true.”
Clearly an album of dark magic, ‘So Long Forever’ is your cordial invite to Palace, this generation’s most moving evolution in alt-rock. They sing of heartbreak, family ructions, death and diving headfirst into relationships they know will destroy them. They make sumptuous, soulful rock music in a dour ex-munitions factory. They’re the fatalistic sound of the future.