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Exploring the Gorgeous Musical Landscapes in Painted On’s Newest EP

It’s Tuesday night here. As I watched the rain come down from the dark skies, I am sitting by the heater while listening to American cinematic indie duo Painted On’s newest EP, entitled cloud*chasers. This seven-track EP is a gorgeous landscape of vivid electronic sounds and colors. But, why? Let’s take a look below!

Make sure to listen to Painted On’s newest EP down below and let me know what you think in the comments!

A Vivid Landscape, Full of Melodic Colors

The answer lies in the instrumentation which each track’s sounds, instruments, and textures that brings your attention. However, it isn’t just the instrumentation that captivates the listener’s ears, but also the pop sensibility in the vocals split by members Hillary Capps and Anthony Farina. The lyrics also strike a chord with listeners, touching on issues like global warming, life, creative frustration, and family history.

The EP has divided into parts: the electronic side and the acoustic side. There are four tracks that represent the electronic side as they explore color, states, and textures throughout the diverse melodies. You can hear this off the bat in the first track, entitled “Fall”. This track explores vocals textures and depths with dreamy, almost cloud-like melodies. But also, various textures like an echoey one. This track is pure beauty!

The electronic-pop track “REWIND” is the second track and my favorite off the EP. Why? I love everything about it: the upbeat, popish beat, the captivating vocals, and the ear-pleasing melodies. It is such a pleasant song, even addictive! I keep on wanting to sing the “Woahs”! “REWIND” is such an earworm as it possesses an upbeat pop beat. But, it also has alluring, smoky vocals that sing an addictive melody.

“S2CONDS” comes after with a slow-burning vibe. You can sense this vibe in the piano-based instrumentation, the smoky vocals, and the slower-paced tempo The track is filled with deep lyrics that ponder on the meaning of life. “S2CONDS” is a smoky duet that really makes you ponder what is the most important achievements in life.

Having the same slow-burn atmosphere like “S2CONDS”, “rabbit hole” is a track that morphs from desperation, which is featured in the beginning as a slow-tempo, experimental instrumentation, to hope, which is signaled at the end by higher female vocals and an upbeat tempo. A great song about hope and desperation as the song’s lyrics could never be truer: “We never thought we would come back out.”

The second part features more of an acoustic feel to it. Track 4, which is entitled “cloud*chasers”, is a beautiful mixture of sounds from the acoustic guitars, a duet between wispy female vocals and grounded male vocals, and mellow pop instrumentations. I just love that beginning with that acoustic guitar melody, it is such a gorgeous opening!

The next track to feature the acoustic textures is “Wine Wandering Mind”. This track features an upbeat acoustic pop melody, yet features deep lyrics that dive into mental-health, frustrations, and self-discovery. It is a track that features deep instrumentations, yet airy and light vocals. “Wine Wandering Mind” is a well-written track that creates equal balance through antitheses.

The EP finishes off with “Carousel”, a slower tempo acoustic piece that dives into relationships and the uncertain future. The use of vocal effects and the unity between the female and male vocals are highlights of the tracks as they are perfectly aligned with the instrumentation. They also align well with the lyrics as there is a sense of unity in the confusing world that surrounds us. Another well-written track through its lyrics and musicality!

Final Thoughts

Painted On’s debut EP, cloud*chasers, presents exquisite landscapes of different sounds, textures, and themes with each of the seven tracks. The duo created intricated melodies that feature deep lyrics that touch on various topics that are vital for today’s world. Along with the deep lyrics and the intricated melodies, there is a blend of pop, acoustic, and electronica within the instrumentations as each track explores these diverse sounds. Hang on as cloud*chasers will take you on a magnificent musical journey with each track!

Make sure to listen to the EP down below! What is your favorite track?

About the Artist: Painted On

Painted On

Painted On is a cinematic indie duo based out of Queens, NY.

The alternative band was formed in 2019 by multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Anthony Farina and singer/songwriter Hillary Capps. The pair are longtime collaborators and life partners who tied the knot in August, 2020.

Painted On creates music that is sonically atmospheric and cinematic. The lyrics are poetic and sensory, while the melodies maintain a clear underlying pop sensibility. Metaphor has a strong part to play, through the band’s aim to stray away from purely literal concepts and dig deeper; connecting the dots for those who feel that music is more than just a hook. Farina and Capps come from starkly different musical backgrounds (hard rock, pop) and share exceptionally different tastes (metalcore, classic jazz), and Painted On is the harmonious result of their various influences colliding.

The band released their debut single “Fall” in 2019. Described as a “downtempo, brooding apologia to appeal to the better angels of our nature”, premiering on popular music blog The Wild Honey Pie alongside a lyric video, inspired by a majestic trip to Iceland.

Make sure to check out Painted On at the following sites:

Official Site | Spotify | Instagram | Youtube | Soundcloud | Apple Music | Amazon Music | Bandcamp

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This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. sumit walia

    I think I will just get down to listening to these tracks.” Rewind ” sounds interesting

  2. Seyi

    I’d been needing new music for a while now, as I’d got bored of my music collection because of WFH. Thankfully, Painted On sounds really nice.
    Thanks for helping me discover them.

    1. Mae

      I’m always down to some good music! These tracks are pretty good!

  3. Neely Moldovan

    Oh I am for sure going to listen to this. Sounds like some good music.

  4. Stephanie

    Oh I like the variety here. I enjoy sounds like this sometimes, especially when I’m in the mood for something new and different.

  5. Alita Pacio

    I would love to add this to my list. I am a person who listens to the same songs every day but this is interesting.

  6. Merveille

    I have never given much thought to the composition of songs before reading your post. This is truly insightful, I can really see the depth and various textures in each of these songs. Thank you for opening my ears to this.

  7. Norma

    Interesting information! Painted On sounds really nice. Thank you for the recommendation.

  8. Kate

    I’ve not heard of Painted On but I really like the sound of this EP. Will definitely go and check them out!

  9. Hannah

    I gave a listen and it sounds like something I would listen to when I’m chilling or doing some work. Very chill vibes!

  10. Nikki Wayne

    Lovely, I’m gonna add this to my playlist. Thanks for sharing.

  11. denise

    very cool – sounds like some great tunes to listen when unwinding. thank you

  12. Emily Fata

    I always love hearing new music! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Rochelle

    Different from the type of music I usually listen to but I actually like these tracks.

  14. My Kitchen

    I’m a hip hop and RnB fan but I’m open to other genres as long as the songs are nice. I’ll check out these songs.

  15. Bella

    Totally adding this to my list sounds amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing this playlist

  16. Renata

    Yet another artist – or rather artistS – that are new to me – and that I love. It’s a very relaxed yet somewhat elegant style. Keep me informed!! 🙂

  17. Heidi

    Lovely music! I will have to put it on my playlist. 🙂

  18. Krizzia Scollon

    A great playlist while relaxing! I honestly loved listening to “Fall” and “Rewind”!

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