“A bright, spangling, decidedly summery affair, all radiant harmonies and warm reverberations … Forever is lush, easygoing, 39 balmy minutes in paradise.” – Pitchfork
‘Painted Palms seems like a band that could fill the void for those of us who are burned out on Kevin Barnes and company’s idiosyncratic role-playing freakouts’ – Stereogum
“Their deep sea dive of a debut gradually evolves into a rich and colourful source of escape, like a coral reef excavation with the occasionally grizzly-toothed white shark thrown in for good measure.” – DIY
“[Forever] paints the grey winter skies with a swirling, rainbow hued, laptop trip through all our acid-laced yesterdays via homages to Pepper-era Beatles filtered via Steve Hillage, Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches style acid house rave ups and Merriweather Post Pavilion otherwordly cool” – Uncut
‘The most colourful thing to come from the first slew of 2014 releases’ – Drowned in Sound
‘Painted Palms’ firm grasp on hooky songwriting and Pet Sounds-levels of vicarious whimsy makes for a rather interesting edifice of introspection for a debut LP’ – The Line Of Best Fit
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘FOREVER’ HERE
Amid continuing hype around recent album Forever, San Francisco’s Painted Palms are pleased to announce a European Tour this April.
Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donahue and Christopher Prudhomme have always found geography has no bounds against their psych electro pop output. The two cousins grew up together in Louisiana, but started making music over the Internet when one moved to San Francisco. The virtual exchange proved to be such a fruitful method (with their first EP Canopy being personally discovered by Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes and released with Secretly Canadian) that it spurred them to continue making music this way despite ending up living in the same city. And so, the songs that formed their debut full-length Forever (released February 2014 with Polyvinyl), came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles.
Tours with Of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR around their first EP showed testament to the duo’s spacious persona – affixing themselves behind computer screens clearly has no impact on their physical affinity. With many more shows under their belt since, their songwriting and performance abilities are so inherent and compatible with each other that they can cross seas and energetically emit their blissfully buoyant tracks to live audiences as effortlessly as clicking ‘send’.
Characterised by pop structures and memorable melodies, don’t be fooled into thinking Painted Palms are a wholly sunny band. Forever can get dark particularly in its lyrics, with much of the focus centered on how it feels to be caught between the external world and one’s own thoughts. And in that moment a hint of irony is apparent, for as much as the members of Painted Palms want to get out of their own heads, they’re awfully good at writing songs that will immediately get stuck in yours.
Painted Palms’ European run is as follows:
April 17 Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
April 19 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
April 20 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
April 22 London, UK @ Old Blue Last
April 23 Paris, France @ Espace B
April 24 Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Witloofbar
April 25 Luzern, Switzerland @ Sudpol
April 26-29 Germany TBC
April 30 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet