12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Painted Palms make music that's irrepressibly summery and smile-inducing. It might take a back shelf to Leonard Cohen or Bon Iver in the winter, but it shouldn’t; on a dreary, gray Monday morning, it may be just the thing to get you and your beater car on the road, or exactly the soundtrack you need on the subway where everyone's sweating in their wool coats and sneezing in your general direction. Cranking the effervescent “Too High” or the kaleidoscopic “Here It Comes”—tunes shimmering with jingling bells and plenty of twinkly synths—in one’s earbuds is guaranteed to ward off evil winter spirits. Painted Palms are based in San Francisco, the brainchild of two cousins who first started making music “together” long distance a few years before Forever. In addition to an affection for artists like Panda Bear and Atlas Sound, the guys have a few Beatles songs in their playlists; “Spinning Signs” points to more than a little Lennon-McCartney magic in their diet. Forever is undeniably a lovely creation. Seeing what this duo can make of all these sturdy influences could be even more rewarding.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Painted Palms make music that's irrepressibly summery and smile-inducing. It might take a back shelf to Leonard Cohen or Bon Iver in the winter, but it shouldn’t; on a dreary, gray Monday morning, it may be just the thing to get you and your beater car on the road, or exactly the soundtrack you need on the subway where everyone's sweating in their wool coats and sneezing in your general direction. Cranking the effervescent “Too High” or the kaleidoscopic “Here It Comes”—tunes shimmering with jingling bells and plenty of twinkly synths—in one’s earbuds is guaranteed to ward off evil winter spirits. Painted Palms are based in San Francisco, the brainchild of two cousins who first started making music “together” long distance a few years before Forever. In addition to an affection for artists like Panda Bear and Atlas Sound, the guys have a few Beatles songs in their playlists; “Spinning Signs” points to more than a little Lennon-McCartney magic in their diet. Forever is undeniably a lovely creation. Seeing what this duo can make of all these sturdy influences could be even more rewarding.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
26 Ratings
26 Ratings
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I WAITED SOOO LONG !!

Great Album cant wait to blast every song in my ears! inspirational music to do my art work :) thank you !

El toro fuerte90

Great listen

My friend showed me one song and it blew me away. I just relaxed while driving. We both stayed quiet and the song played. It took me forever to find them since she heard them on pandora and forgot the name of the band. 45 min later I found the carousel song I heard. Song is really well made and super relaxing while driving. Must buy!!

RaycerX

Incredible From Beginning to End

Amazing melodies, incredible vocals and a beautifully textured sound make this the best album of the year, hands down. It’s been a long time since I listened to an album that was great from beginning to end.

About Painted Palms

Playing shimmering pop-infused indie rock informed by vintage synth pop and contemporary electronica, Painted Palms is the creation of Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme, cousins whose story demonstrates how technology has changed the rules in the ways artists can collaborate. Both Donohue and Prudhomme were born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana; their families were close and as they grew up, the cousins spent plenty of time together listening to and talking about music. Years later, Donohue moved to California to attend college, while Prudhomme stayed in Louisiana; both were involved in musical projects, and would send each other samples of their work by email. In 2009, Donohue was home for winter break, and he and Prudhomme were catching up at a family dinner. With some time to pass before mealtime, the two began working on a song on Prudhomme's digital recording setup; by the end of the evening, the two had written and recorded the song "Falling Asleep," and they realized their collaboration had potential. Donohue soon returned to college, but he and Prudhomme continued to work together from a distance, passing files of loops and melodies back and forth on line. Eventually, Donohue and Prudhomme completed a five song EP, and they submitted their work to a popular music blog, calling the EP Canopy and using the collaborative handle Painted Palms.

Canopy immediately received an enthusiastic response from music fans, including Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal, who put the duo in touch with the established indie label Secretly Canadian. Secretly Canadian gave Canopy a physical release in 2011, and Painted Palms took their music to the stage, touring with Of Montreal, STRFKR, and Braids. As Painted Palms became more than a sideline for Donohue and Prudhomme, the latter relocated to San Francisco, where Donohue was living. However, the two found that their method of working in their own bedroom studios and exchanging material on line generated the best results, so Donohue and Prudhomme kept making music the way they created Canopy. In 2013, Painted Palms struck a deal with Polyvinyl Records, and the label released a single, "Carousel" b/w "Click," and a six-song EP, Nothing Lasts Long. 2014 saw the release of the duo's first full-length album, Forever. For 2015's Horizons, Painted Palms decided to shake up their formula, and instead of working separately in their bedroom studios, they worked together in a traditional recording facility, joined by engineer Eric Broucek, who previously worked with LCD Soundsystem. ~ Mark Deming

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2009

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