Release Date: Apr 12, 2011
Record label: One Little Indian
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Club/Dance
[a]Wild Palms[/a] share a producer with [a]These New Puritans[/a] in Gareth Jones (‘Beat Pyramid’) and there are further comparisons to be made – both dip into bleak late-’70s industrial post-punk soundscapes and possess frontmen who appear to have transcended their appearance of council-estate street urchins to preach from higher plains. There any similarities end though, as [b]‘Until Spring’[/b] blots out any potentially dissonant forces with a glittering opacity that smothers their minimal [a]New Order[/a]-cum-[a]Tears For Fears[/a] simpers. Only on [b]‘Caretaker’[/b] and [b]‘Not Wing Clippers’[/b] does their third eye briefly blink; for much of the rest of this debut, the outlook’s grey.
Expectation can be a dangerous thing. When I was assigned this album for review, pretty much all I knew of Wild Palms was their eerie Twin Peaks-inspired namesake, and their 2009 debut single, 'Over Time'; which while being a little too familiar in its post punk and no wave stylings, boasted a grungy production aesthetic, some fantastically inventive discordant guitar playing and a general, indefinable aura of excitement, energy and cool. Now, two years is a long time.