When it comes to making music that simultaneously makes you want to cry of happiness and sorrow, Noah Gurley should be among the first to come to mind. He mixes the spirituality of seeking the unknown Creator with day-to-day events – the mundane with the transcendental, love with love lost. He makes music under the moniker of Summer Palace, which means many things to those that hear the name such as literal location in Beijing, but can generally be boiled down to the “ideal place” both mentally and physically. He sings of oneness, love, and the human condition.
He draws from John Lennon as one of his biggest influences as well as others. Around the 8th grade, he first started listening to the Beatles. He had been playing cello for the school orchestra but quickly picked up the guitar after the discovery. Throughout high school, one could always find him playing music with his friends at the local ice-cream shop under the band name The Collies. His personal adventure through music history landed him with influences such as Buddy Holly, Harry Nilsson, to current acts such as ScHoolboy Q and Panda Bear. Mixing all these elements into one gives one Summer Palace: cello, hip-hop influences, lyrics about love, psychedelia, and lastly symmetry.
In 2013, he moved to Nashville to continue his work in The Collies who shortly after disbanded and directly joined into the sister project, Socialites. The next two years from 2014-2016, Noah Gurley honed his songwriting and production skills under the name of Summer Palace. He studied Eastern literature by Bodhisattvas regarding personal wholeness and well-being. Gurley experimented with poetry as a vehicle to explore his own soul culminating in the titular piece and name of his first full-length album “To Correl8”. The album begins with a five-part cello piece that plays the motif of the album with the poem read over it in reverse and ends with the same piece in reverse with the poem read forwards. He released the album last May and subsequently packed his bags for a two month journey to India and has since returned. What comes next remains to be heard.