With Midnight Palms, The Donkeys present a fine, half-sized document of their singular sound. At once accessible, adventurous, nostalgic, and progressive, the five-song mini-album oozes with the sticky, syrupy energy of a band fresh off the road and in rare form. Tracked largely live-in-the-studio with veteran producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart), Midnight Palms was recorded at the end of a Blitzkrieg road run and possesses a lived-in feel that won’t surprise fans of 2014’s Ride the Black Wave – an album which, according to AllMusic, is capable of making listeners “feel like they’ve been laying out in the sun all day, warm in the glow of The Donkeys’ heartfelt love for all things Cali.”
One of the highlights of the record is Track #1, “Hurt Somebody,” which PopMatters says is “as energetic as the band has sounded on record in years.” The band even made a great video for the song, which can be viewed here. Yet, until now “Hurt Somebody” has been off-limits on many radio playlists due to an FCC violation in its first verse. Fortunately, the band has provided a clean version of the track so that now all stations can get it on the air!
This digital re-servicing includes that clean version, as well as the rest of the album and a printable tray card for your music library.
“The Donkeys have one of the chillest, coolest sounds you’re likely to find outside of a Jicks record… Pretty astounding to fans of sun, relaxation, and chiming guitars.” –The Line of Best Fit
RIYL: Dr. Dog, Kurt Vile, Real Estate, The Grateful Dead, Woods, the Byrds, Steve Malkmus and The Jicks, Wilco, The Flying Burrito Brothers
Recommended Tracks: Track 1, “Hurt Somebody,” Track 2, “Down the Line,” Track 3, “Hold On To You,” Track 4, ” Day By Day”
Label: Easy Sound Recording Company
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