Listening to this song is like being engrossed in a short but elaborately presented play, complete with opulent costumes and a sweeping set design. “Turbulence” kicks off with Archpalatine’s Derek Anthony Wilson utilizing his voice as an instrument over the type of soaring key arrangement that wouldn’t have been out of place on stately E&TB classic Ocean Rain. A low rush of background singers whispering “Palatine” bubbles to the surface, increasing in resonance as the long seconds tick past. Just when the crescendo hits, the pop of the drums whips the whole unwieldy enterprise into full operation. The track rolls, glides, casting sparks of dramatic flair while Derek offers the type of universal platitudes that expand personal sentiments into world-beating eclarations. “We will take the chance to fly away” This is a comforting sort of turbulence, the kind that feels somehow perfectly controlled, with operatic elements that betray a possible Queen influence.
Archpalatine. Remember this name. Bump this song. Chances are you’ll be hearing a whole lot more from these operatic upstarts in the very near future.
Derek Anthony Wilson – Vox/Synths
Eric Allenson – Drums
Anthony Pompey – Vox
Kasey Anderson – Bass
Ted Richardson for Ted Audio