Palace of Dreams EP

by Royal Nature

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Dylan Mathis
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Dylan Mathis The deep nature of this album only adds to the atmosphere that each song excellently portrays. It really gives an awe-inspiring vibe to the entire EP. Great job guys, I'll be waiting for the next. Favorite track: Palace of Dreams.
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Geronimo These three tracks quickly obtained my attention and have been a staple in my listening sessions since they were released. This music is incredibly moving, strongly emotional, and it gives me goosebumps for so many unpinpointable reasons. I'm excited to listen to the projects to come. Favorite track: Released.
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This album was inspired by the drummer, Ashton Caton's experience of the earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015. He was backpacking on the Everest Base Camp Trail when the earthquake struck. Stuck on the trail for a week until he could safely fly back to Kathmandu, Ashton experienced constant aftershocks, corpses being dropped off by helicopters at the village he was stuck in, and the fear for his life and the lives of those around him.

When he finally returned back to his home in North Carolina, he slowly started showing signs of PTSD. He began to see a counselor, but it didn't help relieve his anxiety or prevent his panic attacks. He was looking for a book to read to help take his mind off of things, when a friend suggested the classic Les Miserables. This book provided a remedy that nothing else could. It pulled him out of the pits of deep depression, and brought him into a place of light.

He started to write songs, which became his own self-prescribed therapy. His goal was to create an album where listeners could walk with him from day one in the Himalayas, through the earthquake and PTSD, and all the way into his renewal. The Palace of Dreams EP is about this personal odyssey, and his rejuvenation and transformation from it.


released April 6, 2016

Produced by Everett Hardin and Ashton Caton
Engineered by Everett Hardin
Songs by Everett Hardin and Ben Roberts
Mastered by Joey Diehl from War Height Audio

Ashton Caton - Lyrics, Drums
Everett Hardin - Vocals, Bass, Synths
Ben Roberts - Vocals, Synths, Piano
Glenn Deuel - Electric Guitar



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Royal Nature Boone, North Carolina

Our music is about our drummer surviving the Nepal earthquake of 2015.
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Track Name: Sweet Valleys
Sweet valleys, you were magic
Running water, undying memories turn tragic
Peaks of mountains, might and valor
Trigger landslides, avalanches, doesn't get much louder

Sweet valleys, you were playful
Scent of pine trees, wanderlust becomes fatal
Peaks of mountains, fearless and true
Buildings toppled, people panicked, all sanity withdrew

I'm not made to crumble with the ground underneath
I'm not made to be afraid to dream while I'm asleep
I'm not made for lasting weeping and the gnashing of teeth
Track Name: Palace of Dreams
Close to beauty, but not close enough
Touch her, explore her, she quivers with the slightest touch
Courage is born there, the coward he dies
Blankets of snow cover footprints of lies

Surround me

Every new wind holds a blizzard at bay
Her sky is left open, swim in the Milky Way
And as her roots entangle with mine
Our hearts intertwine into something divine

Surround me

And we shall jump from start to star
Not knowing what is our own
Just like the kings of old
Track Name: Released
Isolated into the dark
Now's my time to disembark
The truth brings out hurtful remarks
You can't take back

You ran away from winter's bite
Guard your head, stay out of sight
Now your guide will be moonlight
Wherever you are

Beauty starts to redeem
Waking you from your daydream
And you will be released

When living in awe is just a trance
When you're too down to earth, there's no romance
But if you speak up, and just take a chance
You might be heard

Beauty starts to redeem
Waking you from your daydream
And you will be released

When you're set apart to be unique
Beauty springs forth to redeem the mystique
When your love is strong, but you feel weak
Now it's the mountains and the trees that speak