Albums of the year 2010.

# 12. Painted Hills - Painted Hills
(Bird Song Recordings, 2010)

Painted Hills is the new band lead by Josh Schwartz who played in both Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde. Two fantastic bands who both played sundrenched California music. Painted Hills is a natural way for Schwartz to continue. Other members of the band features Joe Bourdet from the outstanding band Whispering Pines who released their debut Family Tree last year.

Allmusic says this in the review of the album: "On their self-titled maiden voyage, Painted Hills pursue a style that feels like a natural progression from the cosmic Americana of Schwartz's former projects, making music that seems designed for trudging through the underbrush of 1970 Laurel Canyon in cowboy boots and bellbottoms, or frolicking in the Pacific Ocean while your hastily discarded poncho gets blown all across Big Sur by the summertime breezes."

So perfectly said that I really can't say it any better myself. A standout track for me is the extremely hooky "Kaleidoscope Eyes".

This album gives me the same longing for Los Angeles and Laurel Canyon as the classic albums by The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And of course the fantastic Beachwood Sparks.

Sunshine and sundazed pictures all around.