Palps has today released their new single titled ‘Love, Always’, as part of their new ‘Black Heart’ project. Built from a solid riff and surround by harsh melodies and introverted lyrics, ‘Love, Always’ gives anthem to awareness in ways we usually ignore, either because we’re wrapped up in our own lives, or worse, because this is the norm for us.
Part of a larger story continued from their previous single, ‘AVA’ (both videos below), delves deeper into each character portrayal with each release.
Since their formation in 2018, this is the group’s most ambitious work to date. The follow up to the band’s 2020 debut EP ‘Letters To You (That I’ll Never Send), Black Heart sees Palps turn their eight-track album into a harrowing eight-chapter short story which highlights the daily struggles of someone navigating their poor mental health and how it affects not only them but those around them.
Across each of the tracks’ music videos, we are introduced to four characters, the story’s protagonist Matt, plus Rose, Charlotte and the Plague Doctor. The story deepens and grows with each single release, with the room, at times tidy and decorated and at others cluttered or destroyed representing Matt’s mental state, whilst the plague doctor character represents his suicidal thoughts.
Produced, mixed and mastered with Jack Twiner at Pyramid Studios in Reading, every track on the album unravels and pieces itself back together song by song, yet somehow manages to end up someplace uglier and more uncertain than the track before.
Prior to the album’s release comes its next single ‘Love, Always’, the second chapter of the album’s story. With clear post-hardcore influences, Love, Always blends expansive guitar tone backdrops, punchy drums, emotive, introspective lyrics and cathartic choruses to provide an unflinching glimpse into the mind of someone tormented by lost love.