Greyson Chance embraces vulnerability and personal growth with ‘Palladium’

"Life will kick you in the ass no matter what happens. It feels timid at points, but there are big confident moments."
19 October 2022

Greyson Chance‘s new album, Palladium, is a convincing three-part homage to the things he has experienced and been through.

Chance has come a long way from his viral video, singing Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” when he was only 12 years old, making him an international star. Since then, Greyson has found his own voice amidst all the noise. Palladium is sincere, genuine, and beautiful. It’s delicate but also intricate with a poetic storytelling style and soulful vocals, an indie album for every occasion, from soft & soothing ballads to electronic-influenced music.

“I found purpose musically,” – Chance reveals – “Life will kick you in the ass no matter what happens. It feels timid at points, but there are big confident moments. In the end, the hero falls down a few pegs. I’ve been writing my own songs since I was a kid, and that’s the story behind it.”

The standout track on the album, My Dying Spirit is a powerful tribute to a feeling that is all too familiar: hopelessness. And moreover, it pays attention to the plea for help that often accompanies those moments.

Chance’s vocals provide the song with a wide range of emotions, perfectly balancing out the lighthearted and lyrical piano melody as it progresses. The chorus is confident and filled with hope, begging anyone to sing along “I’m barely even standing now / But goddamn I need another round / I can hear my name out in the crowd”. The music video matches the song’s beauty with its stunning visuals.

Chance explains: “I wanted to play a character that was distressed and messy, for that’s how I was when I wrote the song. I remember being in LA last December, more homesick than I could even comprehend, lying on my kitchen floor just feeling depleted. That’s when I realized that I don’t always have to feel and be okay and that my imperfect spirit is what makes every part of me unique…It’s what makes me an artist.”

Released by Lowly, Palladium allows him to make his subconscious thoughts a reality, and also provides him to bare all of his vulnerabilities for the first time in his career. The album is a splendidly honest homage to all of the life he has lived in three acts: growth, pride, and realization.

Palladium‘s candid and poetic lyrics combined with its inherent musicality and poignantly soulful vocals make for an interesting listen. The diversity in the tracks means you never really know what’s coming next. The LP was recorded and written in a Nashville studio with multi-platinum producer and songwriter Jason Reeves [Colbie Caillat, Kelly Clarkson]. 

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Photo by Broderick Baumann