By Serenat Kivilcim
Painted Palms is an electronic psych-pop duet consisting of cousins Christopher Prudhomme and Reese Donohue. The duo first hit the scene with their 2013 single “Spinning Signs” and are now back at it with their totally psychedelic new album Horizons, a strikingly 80’s-like psych-pop experience.
This band will captivate you with their stunningly vibrant style of psych-pop. Its like a wave that whisks you away from the bores of reality and then thrashes and spins you down a whirlpool of synth and bass. Well, maybe that metaphor is a bit descriptive, but imagine the literal audio picture I’m trying to paint here… Wait, no, don’t imagine. Check them out for yourselves and surf the wave. Be sure to check out “Tracers”, which adds a slightly more melancholic touch to their repertoire of sounds.
Tell us a little more about Painted Palms. How would you describe your music in 3 words?
Painted Palms: High, Velocity, Psychedelia
How would you say your music has evolved over the years?
Painted Palms: We use a lot less guitar than we used to 🙂
Is it difficult to work together as cousins?
Painted Palms: Probably not more difficult than any two people trying to make something together. We’ve known each other our whole lives, and the creative/personal relationship we share is important to us. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Let us talk about your upcoming full-length album, Horizons. Do you have any stories you would like to share about the production process?
Painted Palms: We reduced the number of elements in each song to the bare essentials and made those elements more or less universal from start to finish. We pretty much cut out guitars and live bass altogether. By sticking with synthesizers and electronic percussion we could produce songs that sounded like they were ‘everywhere and nowhere’ but still keep things minimal.
What should your fans expect from this album?
Painted Palms: Our goal was to make an album of songs that could all stand alone as singles. We wanted these songs to possess immediacy and a lot of momentum.
To whom do you like to send your tracks for feedback?
Painted Palms: We send songs to our close friends and family. Reese’s brother hears a lot of our songs before anyone else. We’re always psyched to share with the people we relate to the most.
From where do you primarily derive your inspiration? Other musicians? Movies?
Painted Palms: Horizons was inspired by our feelings and discussions on mental balance. We tried to express that ebb and flow between struggle and reward from top to bottom: lyrically, melodically, structurally.
Do you guys ever feel burnt out? And how do you motivate each other?
Painted Palms: There are times where you feel like you’re banging your head against the wall, whether it’s on the road or during the writing process. You just gotta take it easy and have a sense of humor about things when that happens. We watch a lot of Seinfeld and X Files.
What’s next for Painted Palms?
Painted Palms: We’re touring Japan in September, and a few weeks after that we hit the road with our friends Small Black to tour the U.S. and Canada. Japan is the coolest place in the world so that’s gonna be awesome.