The ’80s—much like the ’90s—are having a moment. Its contemporary iterations range from casual dabbling to full-blown, glittering immersions. Then there are those recording artists who pull influence from the synth era and mix it with psychedelics. We’ve seen it with Panda Bear and now with Painted Palms.
The San Francisco-based duo’s latest track “Refractor” is dark enough to get you feeling some type of way, but light enough to get you lit. The radiance of the chorus is dizzying. Calling it captivating is an understatement. This is one track that grips you from the very beginning with its swelling synth line.
“Refractor” comes off the duo’s forthcoming sophomore album, Horizons (out September 4 via Polyvinyl). Their debut Forever was a standout of 2014, and by the looks of it, the boys have another hit on their hands.
Catch Painted Palms on tour:8/25 in San Diego, CA at The Merrow8/26 in LA, CA at The Satellite8/27 in San Francisco, CA at Rickshaw Stop9/4 in Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right10/13 in Atlanta, GA at The Earl 10/14 in New Orleans, LA at Gasa Gasa 10/16 in Austin, TX at Red 7 10/17 in Dallas, TX at Club Dada 10/20 in Phoenix, AZ at Valley Bar 10/26 in Portland, OR at Doug Fir Lounge 10/27 in Vancouver, BC at Biltmore Cabaret 10/28 in Seattle, WA at The Crocodile 10/29 in Boise, ID at Neurolux 10/30 in Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge 10/31 in Denver, CO at Larimer Lounge 11/2 in Kansas City, MO at The Tank Room 11/3 in Iowa City, IA at The Mill 11/4 in Minneapolis, MN at 7th St Entry 11/6 in Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall 11/7 in Detroit, MI at UFO Factory 11/8 in Toronto, ON at The Garrison 11/10 in Montreal, QC at La Sala Rossa 11/11 in Burlington, VT at Signal Kitchen