TRACK: Palace Winter – ‘Richard (Says Yes)’: vivacious synth-rock guided by the spirit of Little Richard

Palace Winter, photographed by Dennis Morton

PALACE WINTER, the Danish-Australian intelligent pop duo who just last month hit us with the cracking “Kraftwerk plays country” track “The Deeper End”, featuring the not inconsiderable talents of Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, have decided to let their hair down and party on their final single drop ahead of next week’s album release.

The song is “Richard (Says Yes)”; take a listen below.

Whereas previous singles have explored such horrors as falling out with your loved one on a bad trip, “Richard (Says Yes)” is a breezy, rousing slice of synth-rock, with plenty of keys being tickled – as well as axes.

The duo, singer-guitarist Carl Coleman and pianist-producer Caspar Hesselager, explain the genesis of the song in a Jimi Hendrix documentary – although it wasn’t Hendrix himself who inspired them: “Little Richard came on and we were both just floored by how fuckin’ alive and funny and inspiring he was. So, he kind of became this little team mascot for us. Like, just do it all! ‘Put some sugar on it, man! More!’

“So this song is exactly that. Richard says yes to fuckin’ everything!” says lead singer Carl Coleman. It’s a “big colourful banger to fill the canvas.”

They’re joined on the track by Marie Fjeldsted, singer of Copenhagen band Penny Police, who adds her sass to a vivacious pop tune.

The band will, virus willing, play a string of concerts across Europe next spring. The dates are as follows:

March 6, 2021, Studenterhus, Odense (tickets);

March 10, Gimle, Roskilde (tickets);

March 11, VEGA, Copenhagen (tickets);

March 12, Radar, Aarhus, (tickets);

March 13, Spillestedet Harders, Harders (tickets);

March 14, Nochtwache, Hamburg;

March 16, Lafayette, London (tickets);

March 17, Gorilla, Manchester (tickets);

March 19, Wardrobe, Leeds (tickets);

March 20, King Tuts, Glasgow (tickets);

March 22, Thekla, Bristol (tickets);

March 23, Patterns, Brighton  (tickets);

March 26, Paradiso, Amsterdam;

March 29, Privatclub, Berlin, and

March 30, Blue Shell, Cologne.

Palace Winters’ …Keep Dreaming, Buddy will be released by Tambourhinoceros on October 23rd on digital, CD, trad black and limited white vinyl. Place your order here; there’s also a limited clear vinyl edition available to pre-order over at Bandcamp.

You can also keep up with the duo at their website, on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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