Future Palace is what you would get if PVRIS, Bring Me The Horizon, and Bury Tomorrow had a baby. Melodic synths and ethereal vocals with an edge to it.
‘Escape’ starts off with a feature from Alazka‘s Tobias Rische, setting the record onto a solid path of vibrating energy which the band manage to carry through most of the album. Following number ‘Twisted’ scores the biggest, with its head bop demanding chorus that’ll stay in your mind for weeks to come.
‘Maybe’ is a song that the band had previously released on their own before signing to Arising Empire, and they’ve added an acoustic version of it to the end of the album as well as a little easter egg, which is by far better than the original version, to be fair. Maria‘s vocals shine brighter, the lyrics translate better, and it’s just simply better done.
As with many other bands in this genre, Future Palace dip into the darker subjects of life, especially with ‘Lately’, a track that deals with toxic relationships and domestic abuse, haunting you even after you cut the person out of your life. It has a bit of a rocky start, but the chorus manages to pick up the pieces and put them together to form a beautiful piece of pain and redemption. Lyrics such as “Get out of my way, get out of my head / Because seeing my body completely bruised / Makes me hate myself” do a hell of a job at twisting your heartstrings and making you ache all over, not only if you lived the reality, but also solely by the emotion translated through the vocal performance.
‘Escape’ has a whole bunch of standouts that shine through and elevate the record onto another level. Aside from that, it does lack excitement and a lot of songs don’t quite manage to catch your attention enough to even get noticed, even with multiple listens. As a debut record, however, it’s a big step for Future Palace, and only sets them up for a lot of bigger and better things to come.