Tuesday 25 August 2015

Painted Palms - Refractor

Article by KevW

Last year was a great year in terms of music from San Francisco's Painted Palms. If you do a quick search of the site you'll find some very favourable words from us, and notice that they landed a slot in one of our end of year lists. The news that they have a new album due at the start of September can only be welcomed therefore, and we can only hope that it lives up to the standards they've already set themselves. Could we ever really doubt them? Not on the strength of 'Horizons'' opening track 'Refractor', that's for sure, and you folks in North America will be able to catch them live as they're soon to set of on tour with Small Black.

The press release, as these things always do, describes the new album as their best work yet. But then it would. We'd have to reserve judgement on that until the entire record is here, but 'Refactor' suggests that may not be a lie. Punctuated by synth power chords and combining indie with electro-pop, this single scores highly in both the writing and production stakes, and should also be noted for its attention to detail. It seems as though a multitude of different layers make up parts of the song and it has the kind of crossover appeal that could certainly make it their most successful work thus far. 'Refractor' sounds fresh and easy, so the transition from recording at home to working in a proper studio has been a smooth one. We might be hearing more about Painted Palms before long.

Painted Palms' website

Pre-order the album

Catch them live:

8/25 San Diego, CA @ The Merrow
8/26 LA, CA @ The Satellite
8/27 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
9/4 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
10/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
10/14 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
10/16 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
10/17 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
10/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
10/26 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
10/27 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
10/28 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
10/29 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
10/30 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
10/31 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
11/2 Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *
11/3 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
11/4 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
11/6 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
11/7 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *
11/8 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
11/10 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
11/11 Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen *
11/12 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

* = w/ Small Black

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