Filed in record collections somewhere between the sun-damaged sounds of Laurel Canyon-produced vinyl and a still-dewy Sam Evian album just birthed from a dream cloud, you will find Palmas.
Comprised of Kurt Cain-Walther (vocals/keys), Matthew Young (guitars), and Andrew Torre (drums, percussion, programming), the trio draws upon the diverse platform of popular culture to fuel their deft mix of eclectic sounds. From the depth of noir films to the vibrancy of today’s pop hits, it’s hard not to feel thrust on a journey throughout time by Palmas’ dynamic guitar tones and vehement vocals that push far into the past and float like bubbles in honey back to the present.
Thanks to self-produced EP To the Valley (Lost Colony, 2016) Palmas was hailed by Paste Magazine as “crafting a catchy summer sound that won’t leave your head” and earned support slots for the likes of Whitney, Twin Peaks, and Homeshake. Between playlist placements with Apple Music and Spotify, a collaboration with Adidas Originals, and features in Noisey/Vice and Under the Radar, Palmas quickly secured their spot within the fast-moving landscape of emerging artists.
The Philadelphia/NYC-based band’s forthcoming debut LP Endless Season, once again self-produced and releasing on Lost Colony, brings to mind everyone from The Mamas & the Papas, to Frank Ocean, to The Alabama Shakes. Moving slowly away from the sounds of a day trip to Big Sur, their new mood is more of a soundtrack to a sudden cold snap—a sign the twilight is coming sooner now. Lead single “Bad Dream” will only solidify Blurred Culture’s emblazoning of “the new ambassadors for this genre of music” onto Palmas’ already solid reputation.
In just a two-release discography Palmas somehow brings as much of a bewitching range of influences as the expansive Tarantino catalogue—audiences will be hard-pressed to find another band that so skillfully pays homage to soul, psych, and R&B in 2020.
ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM
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“Palmas embraces this project as ambassadors for the boundless genre their music continues to explore and expand upon.”
NYC/Philadelphia-based band, Palmas, announce their self-produced, debut album, Endless Season, with the release of first single, “Bad Dream,” which was exclusively premiered via American Songwriter. “Bad Dream” is out now via Lost Colony Music, and streaming everywhere. This new track is the band’s first in two years. It follows their 2016 EP, To The Valley, as well as 2017 single “Flowers” & “Floating in the Dark” and 2018 single, “Where Are You Going?” — and most importantly, it’s a window into the new direction of the music that will be showcased on the forthcoming debut record.
American Songwriter describes the new single, saying, “Instead of letting the song be defined by the melancholy lyrics, “Bad Dream” moves into a more upbeat space with bright instrumentation and a punchy bassline. The heavy lyric lines float through impassioned vocals with ease.” They add, “The single embraces the uncomfortable.”
The band give some insight on the song, saying:
“Bad Dream” is about realizing you’re in a place you never should have been. The protagonist is experiencing the same thing over and over again and it’s driving them insane. It could be a long winter, a relationship that has deteriorated, or a job that you hate going to day after day after day. The lyrics and the idea of an “Endless Season” became a focal point for the narrative and eventually went on to become the title of the entire record. At its roots, this track felt like an anthem to a period of depression and the self-realization of needing to confront it.”
American Songwriter describes the band as “a unique blend of soul, psych, and R&B…the trio wields the diverse platform of popular culture and personal experience to cultivate a mix of eclectic sounds.” Previously featured in VICE, NYLON, Interview Magazine, and Under The Radar, just to name a few, the album fans have been craving since 2016 is finally on the way. Stay tuned for more Palmas in 2020.
Photo credit: Simon Wernovsky
Praise for Palmas:
“a little sun-soaked relief” – Nylon
“balances dramatic flair with precise and delicate instrumentation” – Under the Radar
“likely to rouse tender nostalgia” – Interview Magazine
“lightly reverbed vocals reminiscent both in treatment and tone of Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys” – VICE