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Posted 1 year ago
THE PAPER KITES
Picture Spring 2010, a few friends and I are sitting in sun at our University’s bar sipping on beer. There is a band playing mellow folk music, everyone is watching them. It begins to rain, but instead of stopping the show, the band continues to play. The audience of about 50 does not move an inch; we are enthralled by the music. The harmonies are beautiful and the banjo compliments the soft lyrics. This is how I first heard The Paper Kites. I fell in love with them at first sight, all we needed to do was run and embrace each other in the middle of the pouring sun shower and it would be like a scene from one of those horrible Rom-coms.
One year later and The Paper Kites have released their first EP ‘Woodland’. The six track record encapsulates exactly what I experienced that day in the rain. Gorgeous harmonies, amazing lyrics and brilliant musicianship. From the very first title track ‘Woodland’, you feel like sitting around with a bunch of friends in the sun on a summers day, enjoying the weather and the company. As the EP rolls along, you can hear possible influences from the likes of Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes, whilst still having a very fresh and dynamic feel. ‘Willow Tree March’ begins with a soft whistle in the distance and then launches into an upbeat, driven tune and possibly my favorite track on the EP.
That would be true if they hadn’t added the bonus track ‘Bloom’, the one song that really stood out to me on that rainy 2010 day. I can’t tell you how many times I have listened to ‘Bloom’, or even how many others I have made listen to ‘Bloom’, but if you haven’t heard it, you need to. You also need to watch the videos for both ‘Bloom’ and ‘Featherstone’, both beautifully shot and edited. Amazing to watch and experience.
‘Woodland’ has lived up to my extremely heightened expectations from a year ago, and I can’t wait to see more of The Paper Kites as their career blossoms. They are touring with Boy & Bear real soon, so if you get a chance to check them out do so! And hope it doesn’t rain this time around.
By Liam Gordes
Posted 1 year ago
JINJA SAFARI - MERMAIDS
Before performing ‘Mermaids’ leadsinger Marcus Azon simply puts it, “Here is a song about mermaids”. Jinja Safari are one of those bands that your ridiculously hipster friend loves but you have never heard a word about. But as your intruige grows you embark on a jounrey and you end up finding countless amounts of fans and reviewers really invloving themselves in the band. Then you yourself start emersing yourself in the band and get frustrated at the fact that a majority of your friendship group do not know who they are. And so, it is your duty to bring awaresness to them.
They are mysterious, they are magical and they get a little bit tribal, which is what I am all about. Their vibe for me is the major winner and there musical arrengments a bonus. Their vocals resemble a poppy gregorian chant with all members in the band involving themselves in the melodies. The tribal drums and the thrashing guitars enduce a physically exhausting thumping of feet and flailing of arms, and the use of flute makes it that much more magical. This video of their track ‘Mermaids’ makes me want to ‘go bush’ and start a travelling band, living of wild mushrooms and a warped sense-of-reality. Does never never land exist?
By Huw Nolan.
Posted 1 year ago
SNAKADAKTAL - CHIMERA
There is a great sense of pride in Melbournians and a great air of expectation for us to keep producing great musicians. Last year Iotah (now Stonefield), won the Triple J Unearthed High competition and have toured all around the world and even graced Glastonbury, we are proud as punch. Triple J have now released Snakadakal on to the world via their Unearthed High competition, and aren’t we greatful. The maturity of their song writing is beyond their years and their dreamy indie pop sound make it hard to believe that they are waiting until they finish high school in December to release an EP. Their track ‘Chimera’ helped them win the competition with Phoebe’s angelic vocals, accompanied by a thumping bassline, eerie synths and catchy guitar licks reminiscent of bands such as Foals, the band has impressed. Judging by the massive amounts of love they are being shown on Triple J, and therefore the hype they are receiving around the country, the anticipation for their debut EP is monumental.
This band makes me feel like I wasted my teenage years on meaningless exercises such as going to the movies and bowling. I am shamelessly jealous by how far this band has come at such a young age. It makes me think, if I was to follow my childhood dream of being a ‘rockstar’ and embarked on this journey today would I ever get as good as these guys are now? Definitely Not. If this band is producing songs like this at such a young age imagine where they could go from here. To sum up, here comes the clique, the world is their oyster.
By Huw Nolan
PS: Their track Air is going viral. Get on that one too.