Ambitious Poetic Songwriting

For the time being, it seems that the falsetto is back.

Soaring vocals in the upper register have become the norm for aspiring indie acts, enhancing a lineage that barely extends from the Buckley family. Wild Beasts, of course, have led the way but One Little Indian signings Wild Palms - no relation - are busy pursuing their own identity.

Musically, the band have a bass-heavy swing which is rooted in the legacy of post-punk. The pounding drums imply a militarism, with Wild Palms seemingly aiming for the grand, grandiose glamour which enshrines the likes of The Chapel Club or the Simple Minds shapes of 'Skying.

A return to The Big Music? Not a bit of it. Wild Palms have a profoundly personal lyrical style, with their debut album opening with a reference from Vladimir Nabakov's Pale Fire.

Obviously well read, the London group's songwriting can at times be swamped beneath the power of its own rhetoric. Debut album 'Until Spring' was an impressive introduction from a young band, but the exotic language and ambitious arrangements were sometimes marked by over-reach.

It's in the live arena that Wild Palms really thrive. A much more natural environment for their music, the London band have an overwhelming sense of presence which roots their songcraft in something real.

You can find out for yourselves tonight (November 10th). Wild Palms are set to headline the latest Clash issue launch party, performing alongside younghusband and Plant Plants at the Lexington.

Three great new bands for a recession friendly price, even Silvio Berlusconi's resignation can't prevent the Lexington from going off tonight.

As a special treat, here's 'Swirling Shards' by Wild Palms to get you in the mood.

Swirling Shards by Wild Palms

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