Songs I Wish Everyone Knew: “We Found Love” by Palma Violets

If you’re not familiar with Palma Violets yet, please take the time out of your life to get to know them. These British indie rockers are one of the most incredible things to happen to alternative rock in quite some time, and they’ve gotten the critical backing to help catapult them to the kind of attention they ultimately deserve. The band is signed to Rough Trade Records, the label that launched groups such as The Smiths, The Buzzcocks, The Libertines, and The Strokes, and just released their debut album, 180, this year. The “Palma Violets sound” is one that brings it backs to basics; it’s rooted in garage rock and punk, and despite feeling authentic and appropriately under-produced, their melodies are so sweet and intuitive that you have to put them in a different class altogether. I’m not sure if there’s one cut from 180 that I can deem more worthy of being an introduction to the band than another (their debut single “Best Of Friends” would have been a good choice, I suppose,) but their latest single, “We Found Love” (no, it’s not a Rihanna cover) was where my gut led me. The track is just over three minutes in length, but is a linear journey that ends in a completely different place than where it started. The production is quite open and spacious, much like the rest of the album, leaving room for atmosphere and interpretation. Therefore, the individual parts seem intentionally disjointed at times, but in a way that actually ends up creating a better track than if everything had been over-polished and pieced together from a hundred different takes. The original hook is completely anthemic, a sure-fire “festival anthem” moment, which leads to a beautiful outro that is chill-inducing every time. “We Found Love” is really just the tip of the iceberg, though. You will be so glad that it’s a song you got to know after the first listen.




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