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Artist Spotlight: Palace Pier

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Palace Pier is a new dream-pop, post-punk project from songwriters Chris Tait and Keith Thompson.

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Name: Palace Pier

Sound: Synth-heavy post punk and moody dream pop 

Who: Songwriters Chris Tait and Keith Thompson, two Detroit-area musicians who have collaborated before in bands and as producers of music for video games apps. Palace Pier is a project stemming from their work on the latter. 

Album artwork of "Tick Tock" by Palace Pier.

Next: This month Palace Pier releases "Tick Tock," on Cleopatra Records. Tait said the album "began as a group of songs about inner demons, but grew to capture the bewilderment and perseverance of getting through a very strange year."

Working together, apart: Tait and Thompson recorded the songs separately at their respective homes during the pandemic and mixed the album at RV Audio Lab in Ferndale. Detroit native and New York City-based photographer Brian Pollock does all visual artwork for Palace Pier. Find "Tick Tock" on streaming platforms, or listen at palacepier.bandcamp.com.

Melody Baetens