Painted Palms is the electronic psych-pop project of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme, both of whom grew up in Louisiana but now reside in San Francisco. Despite living in the same city, their forthcoming Polyvinyl debut album, Forever, is made up of songs they composed separately and traded over email. Judging from lead single “Spinning Signs,” the lack of physical collaboration has not impeded upon the duo’s familial psychic connection.
Polyvinyl is the label that brought us 2004’s Satanic Panic In The Attic and all subsequent of Montreal LPs, so they know how to pick ‘em where psychedelic-electronic retro pop hybrids are concerned. 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 — and indeed, Barnes is the one who took Painted Palms on tour and brought them to the label’s attention. “Spinning Signs” recaptures that sad-eyed, happy-footed disco-Beatlemania that made of Montreal’s mid-aughts electronic renaissance so satisfying. It’s easy to imagine a full color spectrum of animation spiraling in time with the track’s synth ripples and acid-fried harmonies. Listen below to prepare thyself for Forever.
Forever is out 1/14/14 on Polyvinyl. Pre-order it here, including an option for one of 300 copies of limited edition white vinyl.