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Often times the albums that reveal the most are the ones that don’t make it easy. Why look harder if you think there is nothing there to see? PAINT is a solo side-project from Allah-Las member Pedrum Siadatian that swivels between lucidity and shadowy devilishness and coquettishness. Lead single, “Daily Gazette” is a Velvet Underground-ish escape through a tremolo wormhole, and the Television-inspired guitar noodling of “True Love (Is Hard To Find)” is a hopeful plea to the loved and the loveless. Cut from the same indigo cloth of past psychedelic troubadours like Jefferson Airplane, “Just Passin’ Thru” and “Outro_Corso” peer through the looking glass with country-lick guitars and hippy-dippy trippin’ twos. But the bubbling “Silver Streaks” might be the best of the bunch: a meandering walk through a forest of falling in love with an older woman, more experienced than he. A promising piece from PAINT. Wipe the windshield with your sleeve when it’s too foggy to see.
—Kegan Pierce Simons