Palace of Buddies
Kilby Records
Street: 09.23.11
Palace of Buddies = Neon Indian + The Antlers
Salt Lake is lucky to be home to these experimental, shoe-gazing badasses. Taking a turn from their first album, which was more rock based, Summertimes has an electro-pop, retro feel—heavy on seductive bass lines and salivating keyboard. These dudes pack a plethora of sounds in full band style, even though it’s just the two of them. This is an album that you can listen to all the way through with maintained interest, and it’s easy on the ears despite its complex welding of synth and instrumentals. Palace of Buddies have hit the stage with bands such as Xiu Xiu, and it’s easy to see why if you listen to tracks like “Super Sunshine,” or “Jp Little Baby,”—they could easily be in the running with the big leagues. I hope this duo keeps on cranking the beats. (SLUG Mag’s Blue Dress Birthday Bash @The Woodshed: 02/17) –Kia McGinnis