On Painted Palms' debut full-length, Forever, the hallucinogenic textures and beat exploration of the duo's Canopy EP are cushioned in a bubbly, breezy, synth-laden pop blanket – from half a century ago. The entirety of Forever would be an excellent companion piece for The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, while the title track and patches of “Hypnotic” could easily fit on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The sounds are classic but the production is fresh. “Spinning Sounds” is all swirling synths and jittery upbeat melodies; “Too High” sounds like it's playing backwards; “Soft Hammer” is simply syncopated lo-fi organ sounds; and “Carousel” goes around and around with the barest of humming vocals. Forever closes by looking in the rearview mirror with the monotones of “Empty Gun.”

Tue., March 4, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/04/14)

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