Local Licks

This week, we review George Brooks, Kala Ramnath, & Gwyneth Wentink; Painted Palms; and Futurebrite.

George Brooks, Kala Ramnath, & Gwyneth Wentink, Elements

East Bay saxophonist George Brooks has long incorporated global influences into American jazz, and for his latest project, he enlists Indian violinist Kala Ramnath and Dutch harpist Gwyneth Wentink. The eight compositions on Elements bear motifs of the easy-listening world-music aesthetic, but they also exhibit a spirit of experimentalism — with stirring results. “Restless” contrasts melancholy piano and harp with anxious violin. Ramnath’s violin also lends a dark foreboding feel to “Southern Bird,” while Wentink’s playing shifts between gently plucking and fiercely clawing. (self-released)

At Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) on Thursday, June 20. 8 p.m., $24.50, $26.50. TheFreight.org 

Painted Palms, Nothing Lasts Long

Psych-pop duo Painted Palms started as an Internet project but quickly gained traction after Secretly Canadian re-released its debut EP, Canopy. Its self-released follow-up, Nothing Lasts Long, veers away from the Passion Pit and STRFKR sound and instead revels in carefree retro rock: reverb-heavy guitar; tripped-out harmonies; lighter, more natural percussion; and nods to The Beatles in their drug-fueled period. Nothing Lasts Long was apparently written for fun — and it’s just as fun to listen to. (self-released)

At Phono del Sol (Potrero del Sol Park, San Francisco) on Saturday, July 13. 11:30 a.m., $20, $25. PhonoDelSol.com 
Nothing Lasts Long EP by Painted Palms

Futurebrite, Futurebrite Part 1

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Karen Kanan Corrêa and electronic producer Josh Grant combined their respective talents to form Futurebrite. Their debut, Futurebrite Part 1, is the first of three upcoming records, and it reflects the indie and electro house influences of both artists. “I Go Where You Go” and “Faux Accords” are sexy, urgent pop songs, recalling Santigold and Icona Pop. The duo’s most unique track, “Please,” pairs tribal beats and dark synths with a rapid-fire rap. (self-released)

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