Album review: Chapel Club - Palace
A surprisingly coherent and consistent record from these east London pretenders, combining spiky synths du-jour with pop sensibilities for their debut on Loog Records.
Leaping out of their Dalston crysalis after 12 months’ gigging in art spaces and warehouses, this Paul Epworth-produced debut is already surrounded by hype.
Palace refracts fashionable influences like Echo & The Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine and Interpol through its widescreen pop filter, stretching melodies over vast post-punk and electro soundscapes.
New single Surfacing is a dourly synth-drenched, drum-punctured song that twists the classic Dream A Little Dream Of Me for a delightful slug of bitterness.
Lewis Bowman’s deep, almost-drawled vocals on The Shore adds a delicious loucheness to the sagging electro wall of sound, too.
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Elsewhere, After The Flood’s serrated krautrock guitars and the soaring, pounding singalong All The Eastern Girls reveal their innate grasp of pop; easy melodies disarming art student-y pretention.
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