We’ve quite enjoyed the output of NY-SF duo Painted Palms for a fair bit this year, whether its the prismatic indie of Refractor or the bouncier vibes of Disintegrate. Needless to say, they know how to do indie-pop.
On Horizons, an album full of said sterling indie-pop, the formula is rarely deviated from but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s hooks aplenty, whether on the “gonna let me go, gonna lose control” refrains of Control or the dancehall-leaning Echoes. There seems to be an interesting marriage of, say, the more industrial sides that an New York band might lean towards, mixed with the sun-soaked sheen of San Francisco.
Does it rise above anything other than agreeable? Not really, which is where the album falls down a bit. It’s serviceable enough a genre entry, but lacking that big moment to send this lot sky-high (though Waterfalls comes close). No matter though – there’s enough evidence on here to assure us they’ll do that soon enough.
Horizons by Painted Palms can be ordered here.