PAINTED PALMS (album release party)
San Francisco psych-pop duo Painted Palms are proud to announce the upcoming release of their debut full-length album Forever, out January 14 via Polyvinyl Records. The album follows their 2011 EP Canopy and the Carousel 7".
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.
Tours with of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR soon followed before Prudhomme moved out west to San Francisco, where Donohue still lived.
LA’s Soft Metals formed in 2009 after Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall met at a DJ night and connected over their obsession with analog synthesizers and the shadowy, sultry, untamed expressions of underground electronic music. Their early collaborations paired Patricia's delicate vocals and introspective lyrics with Ian's solo sketches. Soon they moved on to writing music together, building songs from wild, improvised sessions in Ian's home studio. Their genre blurring brand of voltaic pop draws inspiration from a spectrum a sources including krautrock, synth wave, and techno. They've won over audiences in situations as varied as experimental noise shows in dingy basements, to sleek, modern nightclubs, to clandestine after hours warehouse parties, to dimly lit dives where post punk and synthpop records fuel the dance floor.
Soft Metals found a home on Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks with the 2010 EP The Cold World Melts. The following year Hicks and Hall presented us with their debut self-titled long player, an album steeped in driving beats, maximalist textures, and the perfect placement of Hall’s atmospheric vocals.
July 2013 will see the release of Soft Metals' next installment, Lenses, a continuation of their ethos, aiming directly at your body and subconscious mind with an intimacy that only lovers can bring.
"Crunching post-punk bass lines, reverberating shoegaze guitars, and wailing psychedelic powerpop vocals all thrown together in a fiery kiln produced Melted Toys. The San Francisco group’s hazy and infectious demos are already making waves in their hometown. Now, a recent record deal and nationwide tour are giving the group some playing room, setting the ground for Melted Toys’ vividly lo-fi aesthetic to take proper shape." --Noise Pop
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