WATCH: Moon Palace – ‘Who You Are’

Gratitude, acceptance, and a beautiful message of hope underscores Moon Palace‘s latest single, ‘Who You Are’. Created during lockdown, the Seattle-based band have shared an accompanying video for the track which shows how they’ve been supporting each other during this uncertain time.

“Do you ever share who you are?” they tentatively ask throughout the song, cautiously challenging listeners to be vulnerable and to let others connect to their thoughts and feelings. “‘Who You Are’ is about navigating difficult or volatile relationships” the band explain. Moon Palace navigate this difficulty via direct lyrics and tentative guitar sounds.

The single’s accompanying visuals act as a “Quarantine Time Capsule” for the band, who came up with the idea during isolation. They explain further: “Prior to the pandemic we were listening to a lot of Sonic Youth, The Gossip, Talking Heads, Duran Duran, Big Thief and sending each other text messages with their songs so that we could listen to sounds that inspired us at practice together. Social isolation has brought a new challenge in collaboration. Cat, Jude, and one of their best friends and video editor Lindsay Martin sat around on a sunny spring day during a socially distanced backyard hang, and talked about creating a video to show their experience in Seattle during the pandemic.”

“We asked our friend group to send 10 second video clips that portray their experience in isolation. We hoped to gain clips documenting our collective reality to show joy and bring comfort and delight to viewers. We also felt nostalgia for playing live in our favourite music venues such as The Tractor Tavern, Clock-Out Lounge, The Wildrose and so many more. Shut down venues and the incredible murals have centre stage in this video.”

Hopefully, Moon Palace will be able to return to these Seattle venues to play their optimistic, shimmering sounds for a live audience soon. Watch the video for ‘Who You Are’ below and follow Moon Palace on Facebook and Spotify for more updates.

Kate Crudgington

PREMIERE: Moon Palace – ‘Bold’

A brooding, yet hopeful blur of atmospheric guitars and soft vocals; Moon Palace have shared their latest single ‘Bold’. The Seattle indie band – fronted by twin sisters Cat & Carrie Biell – have been busy gearing up for the release of their new album Shadowcast, which is described as “a balance between light and dark”.

‘Bold’ is a gentle, yet urgent track that elegantly showcases this balance. The accompanying video directed by Sierra of Elope Productions, also reflects the band’s outlook. Talking about their new record, the band extrapolate: “Shadow self and trying to be positive through interactions with people you love. Outer world to the innermost personal world. Balancing the sun sign and moon sign. Knowing your inner personal self within the context of the universe.”

Throughout the recording of their new album, the band members would text each other songs from Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Duran Duran and Big Thief, shaping the sound of what was to come. Twins Cat (guitar, vocals) and Carrie (bass, vocals) began writing songs together as teenagers, cultivating a musical bond made particularly significant as children of two deaf parents. Joined by Jude Miqueli (drums) and Darcey Zoller (cello, synth), the band’s hook-driven yet at times discordant guitars are the perfect soundtrack for late-night desert drives.

When they’re not making music, Carrie works with the blind and deaf to secure employment (as well as taking care of her 5-year-old son), Jude is an elementary school teacher & drum instructor at Queer & Trans Youth Music Program, Cat is a graphic designer and Darcey also works in art direction and film production.

Watch the video for ‘Bold’ below and follow Moon Palace on Facebook for more updates.

Moon Palace US 2019 Tour Dates
9/20: Seattle, WA @ Clockout Lounge (Album Release Show)
9/28: Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
10/12: Seattle, WA @ Screwdriver Bar (Spread)
10/19: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/24: Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
10/26: San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia
12/6: Seattle, WA @ Southgate Roller Rink
12/13: Seattle, WA @ Crybaby Artist Showcase

Kate Crudgington

WATCH: Moon Palace – ‘Hunt and Gather’

Seattle five piece Moon Palace have shared a video for their latest single ‘Hunt and Gather’, and it’s a cinematic, sweeping set of visuals that’ll make you crave the peace and beauty of the woods of the Olympic Peninsula.

Originally premiered on City Arts Magazine, guitarist and vocalist Cat Biell explains more about the new visuals: “The video reflects the process of creating peace with the wounded and unintegrated parts of ourselves. By integrating the ego, the wounded child, the wild one in all of us, and taking in the fire of ourselves; we are able to come into our wholeness.”

Moon Palace’s sound is inspired by “vast landscapes, invisible forces” and how they relate to each other, which is reflected beautifully in their new video for ‘Hunt and Gather’. Watch the footage below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Video Director: Lindsay Martin
Director of Photography:
Carrie Robinson
First Camera Assistant:
June Zandona

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Moon Palace – ‘Shapeshifter’

Seattle rockers Moon Palace have a sound inspired by “vast landscapes and invisible forces,” and their latest track ‘Shapeshifter’ is an atmospheric, ambient reflection on these influences. The song displays the band’s ability to blend traditional and electronic instruments alongside their measured, beautiful vocal harmonies.

Formed in 2016, Moon Palace consists of Cat Biell (guitar/vocals), Carrie Biell (bass/vocals), Alina Santillan (guitar/vocals/trumpet), Darcey Zoller (cello) and Jude Miqueli (drums). The band members are all active in queer, political and feminist causes, and all cut their teeth performing in other groups before coming together to form Moon Palace.

This single ‘Shapeshifter’ is taken from Moon Palace’s debut LP which was released in late 2017. You can stream the LP in full on the band’s bandcamp page, or simply listen to the glory of ‘Shapeshifter’ below.

Follow Moon Palace on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for more updates.

Photo Credit: Sophia Barkalakis

Kate Crudgington