Painted Palms - Canopy
Remember Garden State in 2004? You know, that time when you lost the feeling that no one knew about the guitar pop magnificence of the Shins but yourself? Were you also of the ilk of indie afficionados that, soon after, flocked to bands like Irving and Roguewave hoping to find respite and discovered that everyone else felt the same way?
Though such sentiments of ownership and exclusivity are as silly as they are fleeting, we here at Mixtapes can relate. There’s nothing comparable to that feeling you’ve found something special as if stumbling about a shimmering seashell on the beachfront or that shiny penny on the sidewalk. There are certainly millions out there but that single one somehow stands out and holds a steady significance.
Painted Palms, the collaborative creation between cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme, is one such find. Respectively working cross state lines (one in Louisiana, the other in California), Painted Palms, last November, released their first EP Canopy, a charming sunshine-pop work drizzled with bedroom production psychedelics with cheery undercurrents of guitar strumming. Vocally reminiscent of James Mercer and Noah Lennox, Painted Palms creates blissful indie pop that certainly captures attention.
So, stuff it in your pocket and savor it before some cheesy movie swipes it from you. Thanks, Natalie. Gorgeous though you are, you lost points for sharing our secrets.
Download: Painted Palms - Canopy.mp3
Download the free Canopy EP from bandcamp, here.