Sometimes you hear about the syndrome of the “difficult third album," but in this case the newest work unveiled by Seaside (CA) based Burnt Palms is their most inventive work to date. If the previous record "The Girl You Knew" thrived on the contrast between the compact sound of the garage guitars and the lightness of singer Riley’s voice (the preferred reference among reviewers has been the Dum Dum Girls), this time the writing shifted--pouring in indie-pop melodies and a predilaction for faster rhythms. The work in its entirety acquires a character of spontaneous vitality and immediacy that closely resembles historical formations of the nineties, such as All Girl Summer Fun Band or Heavenly.
released February 5, 2016
"Back On My Wall" was recorded at Speakeasy Studio in San Francisco, but it’s on the East Coast at Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn that it was finalized. Perhaps it’s in this double-character, split between the sunny beaches of California and the urban bustle of the East Coast that lies the secret charm of the album. Part of the credit for this sound probably goes to the engineering work done during the recordings by Gary Olson, founding member of Ladybug Transistor and producer of bands like Crystal Stilts, Hamish Kilgour, Frankie Rose, Jens Lekman, and many more.
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