Just when you thought there was a dark change in the air, Painted Palms appeared to prolong the summer vibes. Out of San Francisco and straight into our sound waves, the psych-pop duo has announced the release of their debut LP ‘Forever’, to be released in January. It’s the third release from Painted Palms, with ‘Canopy‘ released in 2011 and ‘Carousel’ in March earlier this year.
Their first single ‘Spinning Signs‘ is exactly as its title suggests – a whirlwind of synth and engaging repetition. There’s something about a consistent bass line accompanied by a soothing voice. You feel like you want to dance, but really you’re dreaming. Dazed by the vocals and jolted by the energy of the bass.
Tied by blood, Painted Palms are in fact cousins from Louisiana. Originally a long distance musical pursuit, Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme originally composed the music in isolation. Proving to be a smooth creative process (via email), they still operate separately even though they both reside in San Francisco. Let’s face it, long distance relationships don’t always come out on top. Luckily for us this one worked; some dynamics shouldn’t be toyed with.
Having supported the likes of of Montreal, the music is bound to be a little wacky. Kevin Barnes (frontman, of Montreal), also on Polyvinyl Records, is the man who gave Painted Palms the stamp of approval. That’s a mind you can trust, maybe not with your life, but definitely with emerging talent.
Painted Palms are rumoured to be a hit at live shows, so keep an eye out for them in 2014. We only have a taste of what’s to come right now, so turn it up loud and let the flickers of warmth in. Electrified-psych-vibrations are here to save you.
Painted Palms, Forever Tracklisting:
1. Too High
2. Here It Comes
5. Soft Hammer
7. Not Really There
8. Hope That You See It Now
9. Spinning Signs
11. Empty Gun
Written by Kylie O’Connell