Palps Release Video For Imprint

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Essex-based rock four-piece Palps are due to release their debut album ‘Black Heart’ on October 7th 2022.

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.

Speaking about the album, vocalist and lyricist Alex Gray states, “Black Heart at its core is about how traumatic events and mental health struggles can leave you hardened, no longer able to express love in the same way that you used to and can often lead to you hurting those closest to you, without you even realising.“

Prior to the album’s release comes its latest single ‘Imprint’, released today. The song explores the idea of being someone’s soulmate when they in turn aren’t yours, and how difficult it can be when someone seems so perfect for you in every way possible yet just isn’t what your heart wants.

Imprint is the sixth of eight chapters in the album’s short film. Mirroring the song’s lyrical themes, we see Charlotte excitedly propose to Matt, while he hesitates, taken aback.

Explaining his ideas for the concept, Alex says, “Matt hesitates and Charlotte realises that he still has feelings for Rose, despite her being the perfect girlfriend, helping him improve his life drastically and getting him back into work. This is slightly more complicated as when I was writing the script, I wanted it to come across that Matt really does love Charlotte, but his previous trauma of hurting Rose so badly has made him unable to fully throw himself into the new relationship.”

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