Painted Palms will release their debut full-length album Forever on January 14 via Polyvinyl Records. The album follows their 2011 EP Canopy and the Carousel 7″, released in March of this year.
Painted Palms will be playing their record release show at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on January 17, accompanied by Soft Metals and Melted Toys. Tickets available here.
Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme have always used the Internet — at first out of necessity, later out of preference — to collaborate on their songwriting. Although the cousins grew up together in Lafayette, Louisiana, Donohue eventually moved to San Francisco, while Prudhomme stayed near New Orleans.
The newfound distance between them forced the pair to start sending song ideas back and forth via e-mail, a virtual exchange that quickly spawned Painted Palms’ first release, Canopy, which was discovered by of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes.
Yet, despite being in the same place for the first time in years, the duo continued writing songs apart from one another — completing individual ideas in isolation and piecing them together through the computer. And so, the songs that would eventually form their debut full-length Forever, came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles: Donohue sending a short, looping beat and Prudhomme replying with a vocal melody before continuing to bounce the track back and forth between them until it was complete, this time focusing on creating songs with classic pop structures.
Elsewhere, touches of Painted Palms’ most prominent influences — ’60s psych pop paired with modern electronic production — are clearly evident, as on the dark and driving hooks that propel lead single “Spinning Signs.” Underneath the sunny sonic exterior, the lyrics on Forever exist in a different place, with much of the focus centered on how it feels to be caught between the external world and one’s own thoughts.
01/17 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop (Record Release Show) *
* = w/ Soft Metals, Melted Toys
Street Date: January 14, 2013