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Nowadays

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1.
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04:10
In my mind it's all the way things were I remember how the family heard they told them everything in the house had burned and all that's left will slowly fade to the earth In my mind it's all the way things were I remember how the family heard And every night the fearful dreams emerge she takes her shelter like a flightless bird A life worth living? “I don’t know” a wolf gone hiding in the snow a love worth killing just to show just what it is to let it go just what it is to let him go In my mind it's all the way things were I remember how the family heard they told them everything in the house had burned and all that's left will slowly fade to the earth she lay down with him there for weeks she heard his body start to creak and when he turned to her to speak that’s when he knew his time had peaked that’s when he knew their time had peaked In my mind it's all the way things were I remember how the family heard they told them everything in the house had burned and all that's left will slowly fade to the earth In my mind it's all the way things were I remember how the family heard And every night the fearful dreams emerge she takes her shelter like a flightless bird
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03:57
He staggers out to the silent crowd Scornfully, grudgingly hiding nothing he howls out loud forcefully, and all they see is farcical You know that he will always be This Radical Forever gonna be like me An Animal You're all I see, when everything just fades Later on as the party dies he dwells in smoke, the show’s a joke the women flicker their glassy eyes all he wants, is this shame revoked it’s tragical You know that he will always be This Radical Forever gonna be like me An Animal You're all I see when everything just fades And next to me, you'll come to feel the same
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04:54
The Animal in me, died tonight thought I'd never be, crying like a parasite Before it gets too late, I’ll deny the pain stranger now to me, but tonight you will believe Tonight I’m gonna leave it Every little secret Never to believe it Walking on a ceiling Waiting on a feeling Running from a notion Breathing in fresh air, see beyond the glare Killing empathy, when it makes sense to me Panic comes around, never coming down Forever calling me, and I’m hiding like a beast Tonight I’m gonna leave it Every little secret Never to believe it Walking on a ceiling Waiting on a feeling Running from a notion Before it gets too late, you will find escape. Voices calling me, like the lightning through the breeze. Tonight I’m gonna leave it Every little secret Never to believe it Walking on a ceiling Waiting on a feeling Running from a notion
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04:24
We’re all violent rivers now but there’s only one way to flow I wanna be there when you call but I’m afraid I’ll never let you go We were walking through the town, the people on the weekend slow I couldn’t understand just why I was feeling like I might implode A life lived moving in reverse is strange It’s like I’m always looking back these days Waiting for a reason Looking forward now I’m sure you’ll stay with me We sat down at the library stairs I could feel it crawling up my spine I couldn’t recognize myself, I could tell we didn’t have much time You were playing with your hair, I thought I might burst out and cry I straightened up I was breathing deep you were smiling as you walked inside A life lived moving in reverse is strange It’s like I’m always looking back these days Waiting for a reason Looking forward now I’m sure you’ll stay with me Everything is in reverse, a mirror showing you the curse again I’ll always be indifferent, this monumental sympathy instead Everything is in reverse, like a mirror, the curse again
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You were waiting in the woods, you spoke to me Left you everything I could, you followed me Found you hanging on the line, tangled up in poison twine Left you laying on the stone, now haunting me Following darkness, never moving slow We saw it stirring, waiting down below Radiant and vulnerable like a jewel beneath the snow Hiding from something in the burning afterglow You look different in my dreams, come back to me Nothing's ever as it seems, for you and me No more driving to the coast, no more searching for your ghost Forever drifting out to sea, come back to me Following darkness, never moving slow We saw it stirring, waiting down below Radiant and vulnerable like a jewel beneath the snow Hiding from something in the burning afterglow Come back to me
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05:42
I believe in you, but just not me You’re all I see Now you silently wait, patiently Calling me Nowadays you feel your age will you forgive me again? Catch the rage, on every page This moments not the time, it’s just your state of mind The ambulance arrived, just in time There’s a light I see The neighbours watched you cry, “he will be fine” You’re all I see Nowadays you feel your age I hear the sirens sound Catch the rage, on every page Just stop and look around, uncover what you’ve found
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04:32
It’s like a demon cutting through All of the voices telling you Open the window fill the room The sunlight streaming into you Follow the leader, follow through Never believe what they’re telling you Now I come as the the living proof Never gonna be like them, always running from lament and all of the things you want, will never come to you again Never gonna be like them, always running away from All I want, never gonna have it All I want, never gonna have it all Is he getting ready now for you? Hearts getting heavy pushing through All of the things you see him do That I’m not gonna live up to Follow the leader, follow through Show him the beast you turn into Now I come as the living the proof Never gonna be like them, always running away lament And all of the things you want, will never come to you again Never gonna be like them, always drowning in your torment And all of things I’ve learned forever burning until the end
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We’ve gotta leave it all behind You can run but you’ll never make it out alive “Hurry up we’re running out of time” They were listening through the wall on the other side I’m standing in the violent morning light Maybe I’ll finally get some sleep tonight? Waiting in the motel when you called “get your things ‘cause we’re leaving with the kids tonight” Felt like I was climbing up the walls. “A thousand miles if we drive, I think I saw the sign” I’m not a criminal like they all say But I would do anything to keep you safe All I ever thought I’d need was standing right in front of me Fades into the morning sound of waves Questioning the ‘Man’ in me will tell you what you’ve always seen before you turn the other way Hiding all the obvious again “You left the kids on their own by the swimming pool?” We acted like lovers till the end “I know you’re scared but we promised not to break the rules” Street lights flick on, that time of night again She’s talking ‘cause she’s nervous to pretend. All I ever thought I’d need was standing right in front of me fades into the morning sound of waves Questioning the ‘Man’ in me will tell you what you’ve always seen before you turn the other way
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02:43
In the silence when I awake The shadows dance across her skin And though I’ve never seen your face You’re reaching out to me from within All my enemies will be tamed this time There’s only you and me, my love not worthy All my memories will erase in time It’s all that I can be, my love not worthy

about

Arriving in adulthood is a bitter-sweet experience. Abandoned childhood fascinations make way for tough life lessons. But also the hope and potential that comes with taking charge – of both your life and other’s.

These are the central themes in Nowadays, the second full-length album from Palace Winter. Copenhagen based Australian singer-songwriter Carl Coleman and Danish producer and classically trained pianist Caspar Hesselager have built on their dynamic relationship to create an album that swells between tender ballads and high-energy melodies.

Built around floating keys, rhythm guitar and an insisting beat, they forge a bright and gloomy album that further develops the group’s unique sound, which has so far won them international plaudits from BBC 6 Music, NME and The Guardian, as well as Gaffa in Denmark, where they are based.

It opens with “Birth”, a mellow track whose minor key synths invite you into the duo’s atmospheric and melancholic universe. This is reinforced by the following number “Take Shelter”, a choral death ballad about confronting grief and coping with loss.

Fans of Palace Winter’s energetic live shows won’t be disappointed by the “The Ballroom”, the tale of a narcissistic and evil rock singer. Its vigour is reminiscent of the ecstatic “Positron” from their 2016 album Waiting for the World to Turn – songs that need to be played driving into the sunset with the windows rolled down as the world behind you burns.

Their 80s influence shines through on “Empire”, and “Come Back (Left Behind)”, whose bright notes contrast with lyrics that dwell on the challenges of anxiety, and coming to terms with the loss of a lover and feeling like you’ll never escape the fog of grief.

The album continues its exploration of deeply human themes in “Baltimore” (the experience of a suffocating love), “The Accident” (the realisation that life isn’t as bad as it seems), “Demon” (overcoming self-doubt and fear) and “Acting Like Lovers” (how sharing a traumatic experience can bring people closer).

Coleman lifts the distortion on his vocals for the final track “Kenopsia”, an eerie duet with Hesselager’s keys. It’s echoey reverberations appear to bounce within an enormous space that the two can’t fill – it’s full of soul and spectral emptiness.

Nowadays mulls over the challenges we face just trying to be alive in the present moment in a world full of distraction. You can’t swipe your way to happiness – you have to lift your eyes first.

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released May 4, 2018

Palace Winter are Caspar Hesselager & Carl Coleman
Produced by Caspar Hesselager & Carl Coleman
Mixed by Caspar Hesselager
Mastered by Caspar Hesselager
Engineered by Caspar Hesselager at Pinligtavshed Studio, Copenhagen

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Palace Winter Copenhagen, Denmark

In March 2014 Australian singer-songwriter Carl Coleman and Danish producer and pianist Caspar Hesselager started recording and experimenting together.

WIth their debut EP and the LP that followed Palace Winter secured their alternative rock music a worldwide fanbase
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