Architecture

by Palm Ghosts

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“A blend of gorgeously cinematic, dream pop meeting a more structured indie ethic of the sort that cool and imaginative left field musicians have been making from Cocteau twins to Alvvays and at every point in between. Throw in some wonderful vocal textures and an occasional wander into darker pop territory and you have an intriguing and beguiling proposition. The Crown and The Confidant in particular runs along the same mercurial commerciality that saw the likes of The Cure move from alternative, arty upstarts to arena favourites, The Hound takes more brooding ambient routes and Rhythm To Rage matches dance floor finesse with indie otherness.

A fantastic slice of all things that sit on the border of cultish and commercial, cool enough to appeal to the discerning tastes of the underground and hot enough to sell to the masses. Not only does that blend not come together very often, who’d have thought that you’d find it in the alt-country confines of East Nashville.”
-DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE (UK)




“Nashville based Palm Ghosts have delivered their third album, Architecture. The nine tracks showcase the band’s own unique brand of dreampop and indie rock.

Nashville is a songwriters town and any artist out of Nashville should rightly expect that a high standard be applied to their songcraft. This album stands out against such scrutiny with strength and style, as well as imaginative arrangements and interesting musical passages.

Palm Ghosts show themselves to be a band with deep talent and a highly developed artistic sensibility. This album is an absolute must have.”
-FLOORSHIME ZIPPER BOOTS (US)




“Tight in execution and filled with relevant ambiance, Nashville’s own Palm Ghosts deliver a solidly retro-modern album in the form of ‘Architecture’. designed with an electric style symphony of sound and a penchant for that left of center vibe that only comes with future masterpieces, Palm Ghosts give the masses an album rife with creativity and abound with aural astonishment. Bravo!”
-JAMMERZINE (US)




“Palm Ghosts have been around for around 5 years now and have a darkening goth/dream pop sound. They sound like they could be fronted by Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry such is Joseph Lekkas’ shadowy croon. Erica Whitney Wilkes provides a second vocal string adding a melodic counterpoint.

Backed by the rhythmic drive of bass and drums The Hound is lush and complex balancing the thrum of guitar with washed keyboards to conjure an epic and windswept vista. This is music of the darkening moors and portentous skies lit by flashes of spectral dreamwave.

From their album Architecture released on June 8th on Ice Queen Records, The Hound is a heady whirl of dream-haze gothic pop and the pick of the album. The influences are all there to be found, mainly 1980’s goth and coldwave bands from The Cure and Cocteau Twins to the art electronics of New Order and Peter Gabriel.

The Hound sounds ageless and evocative, an anthem for winter fire.”
– GET INTO THIS (UK)




“You sink joyfully into their simply rousing melodies, let yourself fall because you know you are caught, carried by an intelligent community. You feel transported back into the distant adventures of the screen heroes in a dream of greatness and justice. Sounds that are not so much 3AM pop, but rather driving keyboards and accentuated bass playing, with indie-pop glitter and the ups and downs of their complementary voices and lively moods, with crisp electronics and engaging romance from New Wave times.

If the world would end with Who Knew Me Better Than You, it wouldn’t matter and it would be wonderful in a surreal way. So this is rather a brand-new trip into the afterlife, dream gliding and unstoppable.”
–guteshoerenistwichtig (Austria)




“Ridley Scott trained as a set designer, Edward Hopper painted a whole series of esoteric buildings, Roger Waters and Nick Mason used their undergraduate studies in architectural design to build the seismic masterpiece Dark Side of The Moon. There’s something about architecture that inspires the artistic muse; simply look at Palm Ghosts newest work.

Sadness and happiness, just like a piece of architecture. It’s a fitting metaphor for vocalist/bassist Joseph Lekkas, who sketched song ideas in May 2017 on paper, rehearsed the songs with the remaining four Nashville based band members, found a interlink between the masculine and feminine facets (the male / female co-lead vocals throughout), musically raising the records with the caged drum sounds and keyboard/guitar duets of the New Wave records of The Cure, XTC and Peter Gabriel. Forward thinking, aware, stately and balanced – sounds like a piece of architecture to me alright!

Now, however pretentious that writerly metaphor is, Architecture is a corking synth rock album, with some arresting drumming and fine bass work from Lekkas (he plays the lead fills with the seduction and meticulousness of John Deacon and Peter Hook). The Crown and The Confidantand Rhythm to Rage are bright and buoyant, rhythmic and riff centred, the guitar licks are sprightly played by Benjamin Jason Douglas and Jason Springman. Red Horizon opens with a crackling electronic pulse, leading to a fast paced rock track that’s strangely danceable. If you’re a sucker to the delightful eighties soundscapes of eighties greats HeartBeat City (The Cars) and How Old Are You? (Robin Gibb), then Love In Winter is a particularly potent go-to track, a swampy intro played with zeitgeist zest and zip.

Lekkas has an ear for synth pop as The Hound demonstrates. A Cinematic Dream Pop tale of American dreams dying, this is an air of highways flying down the road, a rocker in the Bruce Springsteen/Tom Petty school, but complete with 4AD dream synths and REM jangles. Who Knew Me Better Than You?, while a little watery in production, has that driving rock energy of seventies New Wave, sure to be a live favourite. A Lover’s Quarrel is the most contemporaneous, hip-hop drums and reverb mikes makes this a Danger Mouse/Damon Albarn type classic (it’s the best track on the album too!). Erica Whitney Wilkes sings with art pop ballast, rock heavy and hard hitting, but safe and sanguine too – they make a fine vocal pair!

It’s the building blocks to success and Architecture may have a title that would wet the lips of an academic, but it also has the rock sound of a great new wave band, bringing guitars and keyboards in an esoteric and exciting fashion.”
-WE ARE CULT (UK)

credits

released June 8, 2018

Palm Ghosts is:

Joseph Lekkas / Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion
Erica Whitney Wilkes / Vocals, Keyboards
Benjamin Jason Douglas / Guitars, Keyboards
Jason Springman / Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Rene Lambert / Drums

Additional Musicians:

Erin Nelson / Drums on Cortisol & Who Knew Me Better Than You?

Produced, Recorded and Mastered by: Joseph Lekkas @ Greenland Studios, Nashville TN except Who Knew Me Better Than You? Mastered by Paul Mahern, Mahern Audio, Bloomington IN

Words and Music By Joseph Lekkas except
Love in Winter, A Lover's Quarrel and The Crown and The Confidant, Words and Music by Joseph Lekkas and Benjamin Jason Douglas
and Swan Dives Words and Music by Joseph Lekkas, Benjamin Jason Douglas and Jason Springman.

Art and Design by: Matt Hanemann

(p) Cheetah Vs. Helicopter Music (ASCAP)

(c) 2018 Ice Queen Records

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Palm Ghosts is a Cinematic Dream Pop band based in East Nashville.

Their records have covered genres from indie folk to jangle pop, and most recently, the sounds of early 4AD and Factory records releases and Peter Gabriel's more cinematic offerings.

Palm Ghosts truly are the sound of one hand clapping.
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Track Name: Love In Winter
I fought hard for us
But you left me wounded in the doorway
I had to take the pain
Til none of me remained
The moment you took out all the lights

I gave up on love
When you left me broken in the moonlight
There’s nothing left to fear
I’ve drowned it all in tears
On the moment that you slipped into the night

There’s a thing called lust
And it leaves us crying out for mercy
But Forgiveness never comes
Our confessions never done
Just a softly spinning controversy

I believed you once
But so would anyone
With half a mind to come when they’re called
Drifting to the light
From lifeless oceans
But it was just a sirens call
You pulled me down now I’m beneath it all

I fought hard for us
But I gave up on love
I fought hard for us
But I gave up on love
Track Name: The Hound
The wait is over
The final chapter
The way the world comes crashing down
On you, on you

The dark of winter
The shadows play across your face
An icy shiver
As constellations spin in place

What is lost ain’t always found
darkness tracks you like a hound
The sky is streaked and grey and
Nothing ever kills the pain

What do you want?
What do you want?

When shadows gather
(Spinning like a storm)
It doesn’t matter who you are
(Somewhere lost out in the cold )
The lights start flashing in your head
(Let me out of here)
I’m dying, dying

The light inside is going out
The light inside is going out

What is lost ain’t always found
darkness tracks you like a hound
The sky is streaked and grey and
Nothing ever kills the pain
Track Name: Cortisol
I am lost behind the lines
In a foreign land
With no strength to stand

I would walk if I were able
But the feeling’s gone
And the road is long

Take look inside my heart
What do you see there?
Other than the scars

I wish I felt like I was safe there
Just another day
in a lonely place

Never at home , In the sunlight
I was so cold, all the time
Then I found you , I was drifting away
Then I saw you
Then I saw you

I am a million miles away
What can I say my love?
Why the silent gaze?
What have I become?

Have the lights gone out?
When are you coming home?
Dark and endless days
With nowhere to run

And I’m faithful
And I know it won’t be long
But I’m tired
But I’m tired
Self betrayal
But I’m trying to be strong
But I’m tired
I’m so tired
Track Name: The Crown and the Confidant
The dull edged ache
Of sleepless nights
A weary mind will wander
Through frozen panes
The Fading lights
There’s not a soul awake

Moonlight splashes on the wall
Safe behind the gates
She’s waiting there in dreamless sleep
Without a heart to break

Winter cold and razor wire
Footprints in the snow
Gather closer to the fire
And tell me what you know

Fade into Midnight
The Crown and the confidant
Blood on the Roses
The Crown and the confidant

The raven gazes through the glass
No light beyond the door
The forest filled with barren trees
Our treasure from the war

As decades pass from memory
The stories still remain
As shadows fall so will we all
And never speak her name


Fade into Midnight
The Crown and the confidant
Blood on the Roses
The Crown and the confidant
kiss from the hangman
The Crown and the confidant
Ashes to ashes
The Crown and the confidant
Track Name: Who Knew Me Better Than You?
Let’s just say that it’s over
Nothing left but to leave you alone
I’ve got eyes on the door
No more lies anymore, anymore

I grew tired of the games
Happiness always falls out of frame
There’s no hope without light
Break my heart like you did every night

I don’t care where you’ve been
Sneaking out as the days creeping in
There’s no right without wrong
When darkness falls, then it won’t be long

Shadows soften your face
Reaching out for an empty embrace
Turn our song into silence
Sing it back to me now, to me now


Who knew me better than you ?
For that I’m grateful
I know whatever you need
you’ll find it
And I’ll never forget you, forget you
No I’ll never forget you
Track Name: Rhythm to Rage
The morning is breaking
The city moves without a sound
The shadows are teeming underground
The rattle of the subway line like the cadence to a song
We've been living in the darkness for too long

Rhythm to rage
We'll fight our way out of this cage
There's ten thousand soldiers at the door
Rhythm to rage
When all our dreams begin to fade
All is fair in love and in war

The silence is deafening, like an unrequited love
Like searching for the words that never come
Just like a horror movie that doesn't have an end, A disbelief that you cannot suspend
Track Name: A Lover's Quarrel
Haven’t seen the sun for days
And your voice sounds like a distant radio
I twist myself in knots for you
But I’ll confirm this much is true
There won’t be a winner in the end

I Tried my hardest not to break
The jilted lover
Walk in circles just to pass the time away
And there’s that Sound again
I should run for cover
Win or lose Its how you play the game

I can't give you everything
barely holding it together
My world's on a string
With Tied hands and tangled fingers
Fine Take everything
If you can tear it from me
You want everything
but the troubles in the wanting
everything.

You like the sound of your own voice
And it might be best if I just walked away
I gave you all that I could give
I barely own the will to live
I guess I’ll pay the consequences
Track Name: Red Horizon
Made it thorough the fire
To the other side
Don’t know what they told you
But I’m certain that they lied
There’s a red horizon
That I always see
Am I asleep or dreaming
Or is this reality?

Reborn in darkness
Rewiring my brain
I got to come home but I’ll never be the same
I’m in love with a feeling
It’s running through my veins
Like a cadence beating
Enraptured by the pain

When I turn the lights out
The feeling always comes
Staring through my eyelids at the barrel of a gun
There the ghosts are waiting
With their empty eyes
There the ghosts are waiting
Back out on the line

When I turn the lights out
Specters everywhere
Staring at the mirror but nobody is there
There’s a red horizon
That I always see
Am I dead or dreaming
Or is this reality?
Track Name: Swan Dives
Thinking back on days of hope
When your eyes were full of wanting
I used to dream about It all
But now I’m barely sleeping

standing on the bridge alone
Where I wish I had you in my arms
But you couldn’t talk me down,
I was so in love
I guess that’s just the way it goes

And those days are gone
They seem so long ago
Now we dive like swans
Into the streets below
There’s no where else to go


If I ever get back on my feet
Swimming through these hours of darkness
You were something wild and sweet
And I the cold bit to your teeth

And those days are gone
They seem so long ago
Now we dive like swans
Into the streets below
There’s no where else to go

This is how we go
This is how we go
Alone

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