Palace of Wisdom – True Man [Song review by Thom]

The new Palace of Wisdom cut ‘True Man’ is a marriage of the old and new. Musically, this track lends itself to the monumental riffage of the husky bluemen and roughnut surf guitarists of the 50s and 60s. While never mimicking their emotive chops, their influence is certainly tangible. Lyrically, this track is a cutting criticism of modern society, capitalism and the banes of a watered down intellect, referencing an age where “working men wrote poetry and talked politics” as counterpoint to the modern ignorance of “the media man.” While this track is found a little wanting structurally, the open plan song structure works well with the kerouacian ‘stream of consciousness’ lyrical style to create a very listenable wee number.