Track of the Day: Shacks & Palaces “Once Upon A Hilltop” (2020)

Shakes & Palaces

Shacks & Palaces is the new solo project from The Temper Trap bassist Jonny Aherne. The Australian-born, Brooklyn-based artist has already dropped the project’s debut single, “Once Upon A Hilltop”, and a delightful music video to accompany it. 

With the world pretty much doing into lockdown, “Once Upon A Hilltop”, is the uplifting slice of folky indie pop we could all use right about now. According to Aherne, “The song started with a challenge to write about something beautiful. Love, adventure, and imagination became the parameters of its creation. At times I felt like a kid as I wrote this song, letting go of adulthood complexities and embracing the wild childlike hope lands that still dwell in me.”

That childlike innocence and bliss definitely comes through strong. “Once Upon A Hilltop” is bright, jubilant and packed full of whimsy. So it’s pretty appropriate the video stars Aherne’s own young children, dancing their way through some everyday experiences. In fancy dress, naturally. It’s fun, charming and the perfect antidote to those self isolation blues. 

“Once Upon A Hilltop” is available now via Liberation Records. Stay turned for more music, and give Shacks & Palaces a follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.