Having first made his mark as a songwriter and guitarist for Los Angeles’ Allah-Las, Pedrum Siadatian has etched out a place of his own with his solo work as PAINT. What started as modest 4-track experiments quickly took on a life of their own as Pedrum began distilling his musical and lyrical inspirations into something both timeless and new. His miniature menagerie of light-psych and proto-punk gems had outgrown their cassette cage and were now ready to be heard.
PAINT’s eponymous debut (Mexican Summer, 2018) appeared out of the ether, fully formed. It was praised for its originality and drew favorable comparisons to the likes of Kevin Ayers, Lou Reed and Julian Cope. The mess was the message and the decidedly mid-fi production found Siadatian both honoring and eschewing tradition. The album was accompanied by videos for the singles “Daily Gazette” and “Moldy Man,” both directed by Sam Kristofski (Connan Mockasin, Pond), with select performances in North America, UK, and Europe.
This year sees PAINT returning with the release of the ambitious Spiritual Vegas. While Ray Davies-smirks and Kevin Ayers-wit abound, Siadatian’s singular touch is unmistakable. Joined once again by producer / engineer Frank Maston at the helm, Spiritual Vegas features a rogue’s gallery of players with performances by Jackson Macintosh (TOPS, Sheer Agony) on bass and guitar, Nick Murray (White Fence, Oh Sees) on drums, and brothers-in-Las Spencer Dunham and Matt Correia on bass and percussion respectively.
The production is a clear departure from PAINT’s debut- with an increased clarity and tonal variety, drawing inspiration from 80’s/90’s art-rock like The Meat Puppets and The Magnetic Fields.
“Ta Fardah” (Til Tomorrow) is an early standout. Sung in Farsi, a nod to Siadatian’s Iranian heritage, it’s a crate digger’s dream — channeling 70’s Persian funk melodrama that might have been a nightclub dancefloor hit in pre-revolution Tehran. On “Landman” we hear Siadatian protest all things aquatic, despite social pressures to the contrary. He sings “I’m no Toucan Sam-man, in some guitar jam band” on this Kinks-y ode to land-locked life, complete with “bah bah bah” harmonies and a tropical marimba line.
The record closes with the minimalist jazz of “Impressions.” It centers on a moody keyboard figure as lazy jazz guitar, sax, and flute solos weave in and out. Both melancholy and triumphant, “Impressions” is a fitting end to an album that explores both feelings and posits they might actually be the same.
The title Spiritual Vegas was inspired by a visit to Bali, Indonesia, where Siadatian was struck by the juxtaposition of tourists seeking either Instagram enlightenment or Vegas-like debauchery. Is there really a difference? Awakening comes in many forms and as Siadatian intones on opener “Strange World,” “the moment you find laughter’s the key/ the sooner you’ll be free” — a fortune cookie philosophy for both the record and the world at large.
Jared Mattson (of Mattson 2)
“Hosono and Cornelius and Panda Bear had a love child and his name was Jared Mattson” is what new touring bandmate and collaborator Tony Peppers said of Jared Mattson’s demo tapes for his forthcoming 2022 solo release, Peanut. As the pandemic wrecking ball drama loomed over the music industry, amidst the covid lockdowns and consumed jaunt as a twin assemblage Mattson 2, Jared took to developing his own solo compositions in his casita in the hills of San Diego with drum machines, synths, a P-Bass, and his Stratocaster inspired by the newfound domestic solitude and necessity to keep busy at his work in order to stay alive. What resulted is a tape saturated, bizarre blend of psychedelic guitar, reggae induced city pop.
Palmiyeler invites you for a drink by wavy beaches where you can enjoy their fun-psych-surf-pop sounds with serious lyrics darken by Istanbul’s genuine chaos.
Founded as an Istanbul based garage rock trio comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Mertcan Mertbilek, bassist Tarık Töre, and drummer Rana Uludağ. Recorded their debut ‘Palmiyeler EP’ in 2013 and released on vinyl and all digital platforms in 2015. After the release guitarist/keyboardist Barış Konyalı joined the band. They spent time touring, making videos and recording the next album.
Following their first release in 2015, the band returned with II (Venus) in 2017, the debut LP with singles ‘Senden Haber Yok’ and ‘Karbeyaz’. The LP is released by Tantana Records as a limited edition 12” and through all digital formats.
Palmiyeler released their third studio album Akdeniz including lead singles ‘Derine’ and ‘Kalbim Seni Arar’ on May 25, 2018.
During 2019 and 2020 Palmiyeler released several singles and music videos and toured the US east coast for the first time as an opening act for California jazz duo The Mattson 2. After the first US tour on November 4th, 2020, the band released ‘Ben-Hür’ LP including the latest singles and two new songs and announced another album for 2021.
Palmiyeler released their fourth studio album ‘Şeytan Odama Geldi’ on January 21st, 2021.