I recall making references to the seasons on the previous album (Reports of Snow) from the Oxford based musical collaborative Reichenbach Falls who are fronted by Abe Davies (vocals & acoustic guitar) and Jamie Cooper (electric guitar).
Well it seems once again appropriate to touch on the seasonal mood and whether deliberate or not the album release, it’s out on September the 14th, fits perfectly with the recording that plays out like the last days of summer in a beautiful sad way, the majority of the songs presenting themselves like a landscape in soft focus, frayed lead-vocals are accentuated against the nuanced arrangements and the track sequencing works perfectly creating an album that will stay with the long long after the summer fades.
Overjoyed this weekend to receive my copy of the latest album from Paper Aeroplanes (the story so far) and on my favourite vinyl format and better still I was lucky enough to win a white label test pressing of the album via Twitter, not that I will need an excuse to play the album over and over as I was fortunate to have received a promo copy of the digital release and the recording had already cemented a place of my current playlist rota.
The album was recorded in Cardiff during 2014 and mastered for vinyl by Ray Staff at Air Studios before pressing on 180g virgin vinyl for release on the wonderful Diverse, this is the first Paper Aeroplanes album to be released on vinyl and is available from the band via Bandcamp or from Diverse online and in-store.
To the music, well the title offers an obvious pointer to the albums upbeat leanings and the songs are in the main glass half full, but the road to happiness is rarely that straight forward and there are of course moments of doubt as Sarah explains.
“I’d basically had enough of feeling a bit sad, frustrated and dissatisfied, says singer Sarah, and wanted to change all of that. During the process of trying to learn that elusive skill of being happy, these songs emerged. This album is about the light that is revealed after a period of darkness. It’s about love that lasts and the blue that is always behind the clouds, the calm that is underneath the panic in your stomach.”
For me the album encapsulates the best elements of Paper Aeroplanes previous releases and hints at Sarah & Richard’s previous recordings with Halflight as well as capturing elements of contemporary artists in the vein of Feist as envisaged on the albums title track, the folk, pop and electronic elements that dominate the albums construction deflect and play of one another through the clever production, it may sound an obvious thing to say but sometimes albums with great songs are not great albums when the concept and music play-out as singular entities, Joy though is very much an album, the sum of it’s parts and a pleasure to listen to over and over – highly recommended.
UK & Euro Album tour Dates:
PARIS Bootleg Bar 09.04.15
BASEL Cafebar Salon 10.04.15
OLTEN Next Stop 11.04.15
FRANKFURT sankt peter Cafe 14.04.15
MANNHEIM Capitol Casino 16.04.15
MUNCHEN Milla 17.04.15
ESSEN Cafe Nova 18.04.15
KO LN Studio 672 19.04.15
HANNOVER Lux 21.04.15
HAMBURG Prinzenbar 22.04.15
GREIFSWALD Brasserie Hermann 23.04.15
LEIPZIG Moritzbastei 24.04.15
BERLIN Crystal 25.04.15
NORWICH Arts Centre 05.05.15
NOTTINGHAM Contemporary 06.05.15
NEWCASTLE Thinktank 07.05.15
EDINBURGH Caves 08.05.15
GLASGOW Glad Cafe 09.05.15
YORK Fibbers 10.05.15
MANCHESTER Kraak Gallery 11.05.15
BRISTOL The Fleece 12.05.15
BIRMINGHAM Rainbow 13.05.15
HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club 14.05.15
CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach 16.05.15
SHEFFIELD Greystones 18.05.15
CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms 19.05.15
LONDON Oslo 20.05.15
Paper Aeroplanes have announced there forthcoming album JOY is now available for pre-order, digital, CD and this time around for the first time there’s a vinyl version too, making it an irresistible purchase for this fan, the album was recorded in Cardiff in during 2014, mastered for vinyl by Ray Staff at Air Studios and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl for release on Diverse.