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Painted Palms, Forever (Polyvinyl Records)




Painted Palms, Forever (Polyvinyl Records)
CD Review

12/26/13



 This Louisiana duo offers a nice alternative to the cool-but-too-chilled stuff you hear from such wombats as Braids and STRFKR. Not that there isn’t a half-awake who-cares-ness to their state-of-the-art indie; Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes discovered them, so to speak, after their Canopy record, and nearly all of this new stuff, despite the relatively high level of loudness, does sound like varied attempts to write hazy bubblepop for Target commercials (which is all you happily unemployed Millennials expect from rock ‘n’ roll, right?). The glitch layers are interesting (old-school Steve Miller-like kitsch-effects in opener “Too High,” circuit-bending emulation in “Hypnotic”), and I can’t quibble with the hooks, which are catchier than one would hope for in a proposition that involves combining Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s noises, OK Go’s exuberance and hayloft-indie’s ambivalence. A — Eric W. Saeger






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