Palma Violets are no more, with three members helping to forge new project Gently Tender.
The London indie project features the band's Sam Fryer, Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle, joined by The Big Moon’s Celia Archer and guitarist Adam Brown.
New single '2 Chords' is a tantalising introduction, a raw, ragged piece indie with some delicious psychedelic overtones.
The preening, almost spoken word vocal shows the influence of that skewed South London country 'n' western vibe - see also Honkies, 50% of the Goat Girl album - while the rabble-rousing chorus nods towards their work as Palma Violets.
The song itself comes from a true-life conversation Sam had with his friend Juliette. Sam picks up the story...
“The song is essentially me replaying that moment in my mind, and almost kicking myself about my average and weak response [‘Probably yeah’] to her question, ‘Are you going to put some more chords on your new album?’”
He continues: “The song is me talking to myself … and making excuses like I was feeling ‘kinda stressed that day’. I had been suffering with anxiety at the time of the meeting, but as I gradually formulate what the answer should have been, I cultivate pictures in my mind of visions and scenes that move me; memories of ‘golden evenings’ and ‘sunlit canals’ and songs that I have loved.”
And the moral of the story is: “As long as they are the right chords to get what you want to say out, its all fine.”
Tune in below.
Photo Credit: Louise Latimer
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