Though they are based in NYC, synth-pop duo 88 Palms live up to their tropical name with an unmistakably summery sound.
88 Palms is composed of Morgan Wiley (Midnight Magic, formerly of Hercules & Love Affair) and songstress Ria Bouttier. On “Hollywood Son,” the duo tap into an immersive West Coast vibe. The track conjures images of golden beaches, hazy sunsets, and the glittering lights of Los Angeles. As Bouttier says:
“Hollywood Son is a little taste of the West Coast influence of 88 Palms. It’s a bit more laid back, some sun soaked slow motion on the beach. Hollywood Son is an ode to some of my favorite young sons of the old Hollywood guard. A distant memory of a white 1968 Buick convertible cruising through the Palm Spring deserts after a debaucherous night at the Chateau. Lusting after a young guy, covered in tattoos, crooning on stage, playing guitar in a dimly lit bar in LA.”
The effect is both calming and energizing, producing a benign lustfulness that feels potent and gentle at the same time. Expert production reveals far-ranging influences from G-funk to surf rock. Bass, synth, and drums are perfectly combined with dreamy vocals to create an effortless tropical escape.
Listen to “Hollywood Son” below:
88 Palms are releasing their EP Love Safari on May 25th. The six track debut invites listeners to delve even deeper into their summertime dreams. Catch 88 Palms live in Salt Lake City on May 12th, and look out for additional upcoming shows across the country.