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FutureStarrMind Palace Music Album Review
@ : Mind Palace Music is the debut album from US duo Victoria Rose and Stone Filipczak, formed over iMessages while living 100 miles apart. They recorded their songs together from separate bedrooms in their respective homes.
On their debut, they offer an engaging blend of folk, psych and acoustic chamber pop. Their uptempo tunes feature vocal harmonies reminiscent of '70s girl groups.
Music albums usually take one of two paths: either they become a milestone for a band and their success or they tank. Palace have chosen the latter path, and it seems to have worked out quite well for them.
Mind Palace Music's debut album is an exquisite curioso featuring charming acoustic mirages that will fill your heart with warmth and happiness.
The opening track on the album, 'Parapet', opens with a soft wash of acoustic guitars, piano, flute and woodwind stacks accompanied by the duo's harmonised vocals. This song serves as an excellent example of how they've managed to craft an album that is both cozy and captivating while also being innovative in its compact structure and vision.
One track worth listening to is 'Letters' by Victoria Rose. It opens with a gentle rising and falling vocal melody that only enhances her sweet voice. This kind of tune would fit perfectly on any Christmas Eve soundtrack!
This song showcases the band's distinctive storytelling ability, taking you on an immersive journey through both their music and thoughts. It's one of the standout tracks on the album and you'll want to listen again and again.
On this record, there are so many songs that it would be difficult to pick a favourite. Yet each of them stands as testament to how they've created their unique brand of indie rock. From the opening track to the last, they've achieved an excellent and cohesive sound that feels like they did this all by themselves without copying other artists.
Over the past few days, I've been listening to this album on repeat - and it quickly became one of my favorites. It offers an impressive blend of modern indie rock and folk music that will please fans everywhere.
The songwriting and performances on this record are superb, showing that the band have put in a great deal of time and effort into it. With all the praise being showered upon them for it, it is evident that they deserve every accolade being bestowed upon them.
They've perfected the art of crafting songs that are both melodic and euphoric, which they have accomplished with each track on this album. The lyrics are always poignant and expertly written, never feeling forced into a certain direction.
This is an incredible record, and I can't wait to hear what other people think of it. This song truly represents me at my best!
Flume is one of the world's most respected and sought-after producers, known for his remarkable ability to blend genres and styles together in his music. On his latest release, Palaces, he successfully combined electronica and dance genres into an intriguing blend that makes for a captivating album that's both catchy and thrilling at times. However, there are moments when production gets too expansive, drifting aimlessly - though thankfully this doesn't happen often as most will remember only the best parts of this record.
The best albums are those that take you on an emotional journey, and Palace certainly does just that with Shoals. Their third studio album captures all of the fear and anxieties caused by the pandemic in 12 powerful tracks that explore themes such as subconsciousness, dreams and existentialism.
On their album Palace, Palace draw inspiration from everything from psychedelic sixties pop to indie rock and reggaeton - creating an album that sounds like the sounds of people deeply in love with one another. While the music itself consists primarily of melodic pop and jangling psychedelic rock, the lyrics are much deeper and more intricate than one might expect.
Mind Palace Music was created virtually, with Rose and Filipczak recording songs via iMessage between their cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore during the fall and winter of 2020. Despite being separated by a continent, their friendship was strong enough to motivate them to collaborate on this wonderful album.
This record oozes talent, and it's evident throughout. The guitar and bass playing is superb, boasting a variety of tones and textures. The drums are strong and rhythmic, while synths add an atmospheric layer of eerie harmonies to the songs.
It's the singing that truly stands out, with vocalists delivering a range of styles and sounds. Some songs feature both male and female vocals, while others only have one singer. All are expertly done, with lead singers often being able to project a strong, clear voice.
They're an incredibly good band, and if you haven't heard them before, I highly recommend giving them a listen. Their songwriting is exceptional, and their vocalists so talented that they create an intriguing sound that is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to.
As a fan of psychedelic rock, I was eager to hear this album. It sounds fantastic, with some stand-out moments such as 'Jasper's Song'. This track is quite dreamy and allows you to drift away into the background while taking in the music - plus it has an undertone of sexuality which adds another layer of enjoyment for me.
The rest of the album offers some excellent tracks as well. 'Never Said It Was Easy' opens with a big piano chord and heavy reverb, creating an excellent opener. This is followed by 'Fade' which has an upbeat vibe with an excellent chorus - perfect for live performance!
'Gravity' is another standout track, boasting lots of energetic bass lines and producing an excellent indie song that sounds much better live than on record.
The rest of the album is more generic. While its electronic-heavy-ambient-pop tunes aren't particularly captivating, and some average tracks sound a lot like BMTH, those highlights make this such an excellent album.