Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, Dave Powys, Sam Rasmussen, and Josh Bentley, are The Paper Kites, a Melbourne indie folk five-piece you should take note of, after producing a flawless debut EP ‘Woodland’ that has quite rightly drawn praise and attention.
It is rare that a debut EP, let alone one from an unsigned band, produces 6 tracks that are all equally great to listen to, but The Paper Kites have done just that, creating an album that you can relax and float away to with every listen.
Although the band have three singers, the lead vocals by Sam Bentley are amazing, and sound very much like those of fellow folk artist Josh Pyke. Both share this real huskiness in their voice and the ability to completely grasp your attention in telling each songs story. This is probably most evident in the track ‘Bloom’. The Paper Kites support Bentley’s voice well, with sweet back up harmonies being present in most of their tracks on the EP.
Instrumentally the band mix it up a bit from track to track, but being a folk band tend to favour the acoustic guitar, with ‘Bloom’ featuring an incredible acoustic riff that really allows the mind to float away. ‘Featherstone’ uses the acoustic in a slightly lower range, and gives a real roadtrip vibe to the track, supporting the lyrical story of their adventure to the coastline. The presence of the bass drum in ‘Willow Tree March’ helps create a clever marching effect, whilst ‘The Mortal Boy King’ rounds the EP off by using female vocals to create a softer more innocent sound.
Perhaps their best reward for their EP was the invitation to tour the country with fellow folk rockers and five time ARIA winners, Boy and Bear, and fellow up and comers Ballpark Music. Sharing similarities in style with Boy and Bear’s slow folk infused ballads, the chance to tour and pick up some tips will surely prove fruitful in helping the Paper Kites progress further with their next release, one I cannot wait for.