San Francisco’s Painted Palms are releasing their first full-length LP, Forever, next week on January 14 via Polyvinyl, but you can hear it now streaming over at Pitchfork Advance. Their second release since last March’s Carousel 7″, Forever was written the same way that the duo of Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme made music when they were living in different states — piecing together elements composed separately.
Despite that approach, Forever shows no signs of disjoint—the 60s psych-pop reverent tracks are smoothly built, and the album’s bright sounds seem as cohesive as ever. But while the album sounds as perpetually sunny as its title, the subject matter hints at a darker subtext; its focus is on the conflict between existing in the real lived world and being lost within the inner workings of one’s own mind. The album is available for pre-order here via Polyvinyl.
Painted Palms, Melted Toys, Soft Metals
January 17, 2014