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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars It's really nice to notice how many bands like to add such an omnipotent krautrock flavour to their songs nowadays. PAPIR are a new experimental psychedelic rock trio from Copenhagen/Denmark. The trademark is to draw on textures from the good old 70s (and from the direct neighbourhood in particular) ... which they implement in a successful manner. This means their music is based on a rather hypnotic and trippy essence. The group has not more than this eponymous debut out at present, released at the end of 2010, consisting of four songs with a total length of 30 minutes. That being said not very extended, but definitely worth it to explore for genre fans ... and a follower album is already in the making, I can tell you.

Don't have any clue what the song titles are about, even tried to read them backwards sometime ... I'm quite sure this is not Danish in a proper sense ... a specific dialect maybe .. or this simply is without rhyme and reason? Well, certainly a matter of no consequence, I assume. So let's better concentrate on the music with intense. The more I listen to the opener Kurl Te Pow Ralise the more I'm fascinated by the hypnotic but also lively bass. Wow! And the multiple guitar layers will please every space rock fan ... cosmic, soaring, fuzzy - in short, provided with much variety. The drumming is straight and relaxed, with much reference to bands like Neu! and Can. Finally all this components are put together to something really fascinating!

With the next one Lykk Trep-R Hi-Losť they come out of hiding. This is more of a post rock feel. Sawing and slicing guitars, the drum playing is way more lively here, yeah, nearly powerful, offered with some excstasy by comparison. And I like the restrained piano attendance in between. Une Frensal N-Erit shows a rumbling bass - tricky sci-fi synth elements are thrown in. And Rogter Sot Oe Koft is wrapped by another charming piano line where they suddenly switch to a heavier behaviour in between.

PAPIR prove themselves a promising collective here. A matured debut this is, produced with care, inspiration and a soft spot for details. What makes it still entertaining after multiple listening sessions. They already have recorded a new album in collaboration with Jonas Munk of Causa Sui ... awaited with curiosity when it comes to me.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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