Palace – Part II – Nightmares & Ice Cream EP

Laid-back tunes to warm us up in the dark and the cold.

Label: Fiction Records
Released: 8th December 2023

As the nights draw in and winter takes hold, we crave unctuous, laid-back tunes to warm us up in the dark and the cold. Palace’s newest EP, ‘Part II – Nightmares and Ice Cream’ brings just that. 

A sequel to their summer release ‘Part I – When Everything Was Lost’, their latest four-song selection takes over from where the first chapter left off, bringing bluesy swagger to the trio’s usual indie-folk offerings. Opener ‘Rabid Dog’ showcases vocalist Leo Wyndham’s flawless falsetto and emotional vulnerability, while the chilled-out drum and guitar lines ooze charm, transporting you to an underground jazz bar and handing you a whiskey. The hazy title-track ‘Nightmares & Ice Cream’ offers a sense of intense affection, and closer ‘Make You Proud’ takes us back to the jazz-blues club but with more of a punch, closing out the record with warmth, confidence, and charisma.

This EP is frankly wondrous. It is laid-back yet thought-provoking, laying bare both incredibly personal themes and beautifully adept musicianship. If you’ve ended your year as strongly as Palace have ended theirs, then you should be immensely proud.

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