Synthpop Slasher Flick: Painted Palms Premieres Fiery 'Refractor' Video

Chad Kamenshine
Painted Palms

Painted Palms sophomore album 'Horizons' dropped Sept. 4 on Polyvinyl Records.

It’s Halloween season in a Netflix and Chill year, so there’s a good chance the likes of Blair Witch Project, Scream and Goosebumps episodes have crossed your screen lately. We’ve got an indie music video that follows suit, coming from the San Francisco synthpop duo Painted Palms.

The band calls “Refractor” their favorite track on their 2015 album Horizons, and Billboard is premiering its new music video below. The part live-action, part animated clip features a murder, a baseball bat, and a lot of fire. And aside from being seasonal, the video ties into the song’s theme quite well.

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“In some ways, it's a distillation of the moods we were hoping to explore on this album,” Painted Palms’ Reese Donohue tells Billboard. “We were really excited to be able to work with Ours & Yours, their video captured the dark luminescence we were imagining when making the song."

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If you want to catch those big synth-and-vocal hooks live, Painted Palms is currently touring the U.S. Check out the remaining dates below, all with Small Black: 

10/28 – Seattle, Wash. – The Crocodile 
10/29 – Boise, Idaho – Neurolux 
10/30 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Urban Lounge 
10/31 – Denver, Colo. – Larimer Lounge 
11/02 – Kansas City, Mo. – The Tank Room 
11/03 – Iowa City, Iowa – The Mill 
11/04 – Minneapolis, Minn. – 7th St Entry 
11/06 – Chicago, Ill. – Lincoln Hall 
11/07 – Detroit, Mich. – UFO Factory 
11/08 – Toronto, Ontario – The Garrison 
11/10 – Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa 
11/11 – Burlington, Vt. – Signal Kitchen 
11/12 – Boston, Mass. – Brighton Music Hall