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3 stars This is my first experience with Denmark's own PAPIR. I just noticed that they list CAN and HARMONIA as influences which is really cool and I had noticed the HARMONIA-like sounds on a couple of tracks. These guys are a trio of drums, guitar and bass. Interesting that John McEntire mixed this album as he's pretty well known in the Post-Rock world being part of bands like TORTOISE, RED KRAYOLA and GASTR DEL SOL. The music here is fairly laid back overall and being a double album we have close to 95 minutes of music. I would love to scale this back to a 60 minute single album but oh well, that's just me. Two of the three members belong to ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE which is impressive.

None of the tracks are titled so we'll start with track one. Drums and bass standout here but we get guitar as well and it starts standing out after 2 1/2 minutes. I like this, it's catchy and energetic yet not in your face until around 4 1/2 minutes when it becomes heavier. It does settle back again and becomes trippy with a great sounding rhythm section. Nice bass before 8 minutes and check out the guitar after 10 minutes as the intensity rises.

Track two is mellow with picked guitar and atmosphere. It's building after a minute as the drums join in. The bass is more prominent after 3 minutes. This is uptempo and reminds me of HARMONIA. The guitar is wailing away starting before 7 minutes as the bass throbs. They're kicking on all cylinders before 9 minutes before it settles right down late.

Track three opens with guitar, a beat and atmosphere. The guitar brings Dream Pop to mind. I like this. A calm before 4 1/2 minutes as we get atmosphere only. This is experimental sounding as it gets noisier. It starts to settle right down before 8 minutes as sounds echo.

Track four features guitar and a beat early on and I like when the guitar starts to soar over top at 3 1/2 minutes and the bass becomes more prominent as well. It settles back before 5 1/2 minutes. A Post-Rock vibe after 7 minutes then it settles down even more. It's building 9 minutes in as they start to groove.

Track five starts disc two. This is very laid back with beautifully picked guitar over this repetitive sound. That picked guitar stops and eventually returns as it echoes starting before 5 minutes.

Track six opens with atmosphere, a beat and sparse guitar. Very repetitive and laid back. It's building and getting heavier until the guitar starts lighting it up after 6 minutes. The tempo picks up before 8 minutes and they are kicking butt after 9 minutes.

Track seven ends it and it's a 25 minute closer. Atmosphere as some sounds echo and drift along. A beat joins in after 2 minutes. A bit of a change before 8 minutes as the guitar cries out with atmosphere and drums. It settles down after 10 minutes as sounds echo once again. Pretty much a dead calm before 12 1/2 minutes but a slow beat and the guitar that echoes along with atmosphere does return. A bass line before 18 minutes as it builds. A great way to end the album.

Man this is a tough one to rate because there's so much good music here but I wish it was about 30 minutes shorter. I'm really looking forward to some of their earlier albums though as this recording has definitely peaked my interest. It's a very consistent album but also there's no real standout tracks either in my opinion. So 3.5 stars it is but I may bump this up down the road.

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