Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Painted Palms

Painted Palms

In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with Chris Prudhomme of Painted Palms. The San Francisco psychedelic-pop duo release their debut LP Forever in January of next year. Before its release, we had a chat about the feel of the upcoming album, being cousins, and the best release of the year. Check it out below:

AMBY: Hello Painted Palms, thanks for speaking with AMBY today. What’s the band been up to lately?

Painted Palms: We just finished a record, so mostly working on projects related to the release, recording new music.

AMBY: How would you describe one another in one word?

Painted Palms: Reese’s word for me is “empty.” My word for Reese is “singular.”

AMBY: You recently announced the release of your debut LP, Forever, out on January 14th. What’s the significance behind the album’s title?

Painted Palms: Our EP is named Nothing Lasts Long, and “Forever” is kind of the opposite. The way that time passes, the mechanics of memory and illusion. Translating that kind of stuff into words and sound is something that interests us.

AMBY: Looking forward to the upcoming release of Forever; how would you describe the feel of the album?

Painted Palms: Most of the songs are about 3 minutes long. There is a focus on classic pop structure. We like for the music to sound like one thing, a big chunk or current of feeling, changing over time.

AMBY: Your lead single Spinning Signs is an incredible piece of psych-pop. What’s the story behind the song?

Painted Palms: Thanks. It was the last song we wrote for the album, just a few days before our deadline. We set out to make something concise and powerful, in the vein of our favorite pop songs from the past, and soon after starting to work on it we realized it needed to be on the album.

AMBY: How do you feel your sound has evolved since the release of your Carousel 7″ back in March?

Painted Palms: Carousel is kind of just a different version of the same elements we think are cool in pop music and try to incorporate in our own music. But we have shifted our focus back to more electronics-based production, whereas Carousel is guitar heavy.

AMBY: Do you find the dynamics of being cousins makes working together easier, or do you butt heads more often because of it?

Painted Palms: Any kind of collaboration takes work. But there is a mutual headspace being shared.

AMBY: Which groups or artists from San Francisco should we keep our eyes on?

Painted Palms: Our friends Melted Toys.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

Painted Palms: Haze.Boogie.Life. by Mykki Blanco, along with the music video. I’ve also been listening to Factory Floor’s new record a lot. Joe Meek’s I Hear A New World got re-released this year, that one’s great too.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Painted Palms that nobody knows yet?

Painted Palms: There’s plenty to choose from, but anything we want to share about ourselves will be in our music.

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Thank you Painted Palms, for giving us your answers!

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