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Review: Paperhaus, “Paperhaus”

No Comments 8 March 2015

Review: Paperhaus, “Paperhaus”

“This self-titled album from Paperhaus is dark, moody and drives listeners to those places deep down that defy classification; there is a liquid molten core that generally threatens to spill over the edges of the arrangements and melodies at any moment. That’s exciting, unpredictable and ultimately very satisfying as a music fan.”

Artist: Paperhaus

Album: Paperhaus

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

RIYL: Radiohead, Real Estate, King Crimson

Paperhaus self-titled album

Paperhaus have been making waves in the Washington D.C. music scene for the past five years or so, and are fused together with the backbone of musical collaborators Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera. The addition of Matt Dowling and beast of a drummer Danny Bentley round out a complex and powerful brand of psychedelic power rock that proves to be a winner with the release of their self-titled album. It’s an intriguing mix of progressive rock peppered with meandering improvisational passages that makes for an intense full album showing.

Opener “Cairo” is a daring blend of driving drums, hypnotic guitars and a fuzzy overtone that absolutely mesmerizes. In contrast, “Untitled” comes blaring out of nowhere with an initial nod to more traditional rock before breaking down into what sounds like a cross between Talking Heads and King Crimson. “432” became a quick favorite on the first listen, beginning with a melancholic shimmer before building up to a howling climax.

“Misery” then moves and slides into the dark corners of the psyche, creating an arsenal of brash imagery and bolstered by an intensity that is undeniable. “So Slow” then dips into musical territory that incorporates elements of shoegaze, pop and psychedelia. This is one of those tunes that when you close your eyes, you can almost feel bodies surrounding you, sweaty and warm in a crowd while your favorite band breaks it down and starts to build you into a fever pitch. It’s that song that comes on at just the right time that leaves you begging for more exhibiting a sparser sort of intensity.

It’d be easy to boil this down as loud, intense and progressive, but the pop-driven moments that make this an easy listen then make it a difficulty to pin Paperhaus down from a musical perspective. This self-titled album from Paperhaus is dark, moody and drives listeners to those places deep down that defy classification; there is a liquid molten core that generally threatens to spill over the edges of the arrangements and melodies at any moment. That’s exciting, unpredictable and ultimately very satisfying as a music fan. Paperhaus will have earned the undoubtedly massive amount of critical support that is about to come their way for piecing together and putting out this record; it’s bold, in-your-face and gorgeously loud. And it’s not for the faint of heart. If you like a musical challenge to your senses, seek out Paperhaus.


Paperhaus website: http://www.paperhausmusic.com/

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