painted palms' "refractor" is '80s bliss

    closed eyes, full hearts, let's dance

    by Hayden Manders · August 11, 2015

    Photo by Molly Decoudreaux

    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 Merrow
    8/26 in LA, CA at The Satellite
    8/27 in San Francisco, CA at Rickshaw Stop
    9/4 in Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right
    10/13 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

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