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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Denmark


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PAPIR are a young experimental psychedelic rock trio from Copenhagen/Denmark. While being influenced by Can and Harmonia among others, Christoffer Brøchmann Christensen (drums), Nicklas Sørensen (guitars, keyboards) and Christian Becher Clausen (bass, keyboards) continue the heritage of German krautrock. Their instrumental music shows an hypnotic pulsating backbone, is decorated with spacey guitar work and some haunting keyboard/piano additions on top of it.

PAPIR have released their eponymous debut on Red Tape at the end of the year 2010. Recorded in collaboration with Jonas Munk of Causa Sui the second album is scheduled for a release in spring 2011.

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3.95 | 8 ratings
Papir
2010
3.89 | 8 ratings
Stundum
2011
4.04 | 8 ratings
Papir III
2013
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Papermoon Sessions
2013
3.92 | 7 ratings
IIII
2014

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 IIII by PAPIR album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.92 | 7 ratings

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Papir Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by EMLonergan

4 stars This is what I expect from good space rock jams. Papir has been developing a style throughout their last albums, and while having discovered a winning formula in 'Stundum', they have polished their sound by perfecting their tightness; the musicians are very in tune with each other and have found a beautiful consilience. The jams are very atmospheric, extended, and develops slowly, in contrast to the highly concretely delineated song structure that is found in most progressive rock. This album is packed full of psychedelic color and has some great moments that are highly reminiscent of CAUSA SUI and to some extent MY BROTHER THE WIND. This is perfect music to just put on, sit back, relax and let your consciousness float up peacefully into the cosmos.

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 Papir III by PAPIR album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.04 | 8 ratings

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Papir Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Princess Leia's due

I've been following this band for a long time. In fact, I've witnessed them progress from an experimental indie group called Etna to what they've become now: a fiery space rock trio that seems immune to any meandering riff raff..........and that's keeping in mind just how meandering this kind of psychedelic music can get.

Their two previous efforts, quite aptly named 1 and two, spearheaded a raw riff based psychedelic music that on several accounts sounds awfully close to a certain time and place oh so long ago in Germany. With lll the feel of the band is still heavily rooted in Krautrock, though to these ears, the approach seems altogether more focused. You won't find any 'songs' per se on this album, but you come across tracks that take you out on windswept journeys of big melodic riffs and a way with melody that wraps around your ears like a genuine Princess Leia due.

I believe this kind of music is experiencing a comeback. I don't know who's buying it, but just by scouring through modern artists who employ this kind of riff based psychedelic music here on the archives, you'll quickly sense an amalgamation of bands who all seem deeply enamoured with the sounds of yesteryear. The raw brute force of Jimi Hendrix' guitar playing, the infatuation with the everlasting qualities of the wah wah pedal as well as the influence of hard psych entrepreneurs Blue Cheer. What all of this amounts to in today's music agenda is a kind of ode to the past that not only seeks to mirror the past, but moreover tries to reassemble all of the cool and tasty bits and then stick em onto something special.....something that's supposed to be unique: your own sound.

Papir's sound does implement all of this, and especially guitarist Nicklas caters to those aforementioned trades. He has grown immensely as a musician over the last couple of years in my opinion, and the Jimi shading of his - the wah wah trickery - now seems to have matured. There is an immediacy there that channels melody and writing skills in a way that I haven't witnessed before. As a consequence of this, lll feels more 'together' and 'orchestrated'. It feels as if the lads had written down their ideas before they ventured into the studio........whereas their earlier releases often come across like they'd been recorded directly from a series of inspired jams.

Another reason as to why Papir sounds altogether different than what you would expect from a modern day space rock outfit, has to do with the impeccable rhythm section. Bass man Christian is like a stoic guru in his corner - contemplating the universe and the endless opportunities of the beat. In many ways he's always reminded me of Holger Czukay of CAN. There are distinct similarities in the casual and often laid back bass string strummings of his - the kind that can relegate a serene pool of sound in your back garden yet when unleashed take on the form of great big tidal waves that lap up against the torrential boom of the drums. Christoffer, whom I've previously compared to The Doors drummer John Densmore, is still an all important ingredient to the dish. His nonchalant way about the beat and how he chooses to embellish on atmospheres and crescendos is still a thing of beauty. I hear the best parts of the 60s in his playing and always have, which, for me, is just about the biggest compliment regarding how drums should be played. No metronome in sight here people, that's for damn sure!

Papir's third offering then should please fans of the equally Danish act Causa Sui as well as the wavering psych drenched moods of Colour Haze, Electric Orange, My Brother the Wind, The Spacious Mind and Earthless. These are all bands who share a common love of days gone by - days of making stuff up as you go along - smoking spliffs on the corner - swimming in public fountains and preferably dancing a wee little jig while you're at it.

I love these guys, and especially when they take their time and let the music breathe. On here you can witness them letting the music evaporate into thin air, as the longest track takes the listener into these beautiful slow sections of soothing guitar, gentle bass bops almost mimicking the great John Entwistle only far more delicate and soft - underlining the porous and airy texture of the music, and then this primal stuttering drumming beat gels on by you in the back conjuring up images of our ancient forefathers hypnotically dancing around the fire awaiting and hoping for the rains.

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 IIII by PAPIR album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.92 | 7 ratings

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Papir Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Hnrz

4 stars I don't do many reviews, but when I do I usually choose an album/band that I feel are really very good, but also overlooked on this site. Quite simply Papir's latest deserves more than one review and will delight many if they take the time to listen. It is a release from the brilliant El Paraiso record label (home of causa sui) which I would urge anyone to check out.

This album is the best place to start with Papir, and indeed it is their best album. This is due to the immediacy of the melodies and the tight focus; Papir have finally perfected their formula of sprawling, kraut infused, psychedelic instrumental excursions. They craft sometimes jazzy hypnotic sections that build into soaring and heavy crescendos. Each instrument is played brilliantly, and I love it when bands use bass as harmony instead of just rhythm; here in particular it is impressive how the drummer is often the rhythm section by himself!

The album kicks of with IIII.I (papir have disregarded song names) which is a great statement of what the band do. It begins with a hypnotic guitar passage backed up by an infectious bass line and energetic drums, immediately capturing your attention. This builds as the guitar begins to gather pace and solo while the rhythm bubbles beneath it, culminating in what could be described as a 'chorus' section with retro keys and and just an epic sound. The songs settles back into a playful and jazzy section before the guitar starts a post rock like ascendance and the drums become increasingly frenetic. The song is then shattered by a blistering psychedelic riffing section, which is actually pretty surprising, and showcases the bands versatility. More keys come in for an almost reprise of the chorus section before the song draws to a close. This song really does 'set out the stall' so to speak and really hammers home how focussed the approach in this album is. Everything in this songs sounds just as it should be, both sonically and compositionally, and the organic production by Causa Sui's Jonas Monk supports this.

The second song is a more relaxed affair, drawing a lot from space rock. I begins with a slow beautiful passage of simple guitar picking and an echo laden bass, accompanied by jazzy drumming. This transforms slowly into a captivating post rock crescendo, before settling back into a nice groove while the main motif of the song carries on echoing overhead. This song is very well composed, with the build up, release and the strong outro. The flow of the album on the whole is brilliant, both within and between songs.

Next is III, the opus. I shan't to an in depth description here, as there are many passages, and I feel that I have adequately given a picture of the bands sound already. What I will say is that this track is the most urgent that Papir have sounded and never outstays it's welcome. It twists and turns through distinct sections each one bringing something new and feeling like a natural progression. It ebbs and flows. It really is the album centerpiece, edging out the first track.

The last track (only on the CD, not the vinyl) is the shortest track and serves as a relaxing outro. Another brilliant bass line and inventive drums are present while there is some heavenly guitar soloing on top. It is a good end to the album.

In summary, Papir have perfected their formula, and released their best album yet. If you like Krautrock, Psychedelic music, Space rock, or simply organic and spontaneous instrumental music, Papir IIII is something you should explore, and you WILL get lost in it! It is music to really listen to, if you know what I mean. I can't recommend this album and the general El Paraiso label enough.

I reserve my five stars for rare occasions, so It'll be a very solid 4.

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 Papir by PAPIR album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.95 | 8 ratings

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Papir Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by VanVanVan
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4 stars Whenever I start listening to an album that's classified under 'Space Rock,' I always have the tendency to expect it to sound like Pink Floyd. More often then not, I'm surprised. Papir is no exception, forgoing gently lilting melodies in favor of Krautrock-ish, driving rhythms and noisy walls of sound. This eponymous release is a very good album, and it reminds me that I love the internet age for being able to bring me into contact with an obscure neo-Krautrock band from Copenhagen that I never would have heard of otherwise.

'Kurl te pow ralise' begins with some very faint electronic sounds and rumblings before some subdued, faintly dissonant chords pierce the atmosphere. These are quickly followed by a quiet but persistent drum beat over which some spacey guitars begin to play a slow pattern. This motif repeats a couple of times before the song really hits its stride: distorted electronic effects and wailing guitars enter, giving the song a very krautrock kind of feel. At about 4 minutes in this wall of sound abates slightly, giving way to a more delicate arrangement of electronics, guitars and keyboards. This part quickly begins to build in intensity as well, however, with many of the same motifs from the beginning of the track making reappearances. This first track is really brilliantly paced, with instruments weaving in and out of the mix to create a very cohesive blend of sound and melodies coming and going with seamless transitions. 'Kurl te pow ralise' is very reminiscent to me of a lot of classic Krautrock, but there's enough modern electronic to keep it sounding fresh and interesting.

'lykk trep-r hi-los' continues the Krautrock vibe with an intro that sounds like it could have come straight off of Phallus Dei. The track has that kind of pseudo-eastern sound that played very prominently on that Amon D''l II album, with distorted, psychedelic guitars and frenetic drumming playing a large role in the instrumentation. The music reaches a fever pitch at about 3 minutes in before the howling guitars drop back a little bit and the track transitions into a less crazy, dreamier feel, though the drums keep up a high energy level. The electronics as well play a large role, with a lot of screeching and distortion placed just far back enough in the mix to give the song a great atmosphere without coming off as grating. As the track goes into its last two minutes all these sounds begin to blend together into a distorted, cathartic hum that brings the track to its conclusion.

'une frensal n-erit' begins a little more calmly than the previous track did, with some faint droning starting the track off. This eventually transitions into a sound that sounds a bit more like machines grinding then synthesizer notes, and some drums enter over this with a wild solo. Eventually the song drops into a more standard rhythm, and guitars enter with a repeating line as multiple synth and keyboard parts play around this rhythmic backbone. Overall this track is a little less crazy and a bit more spacey than the other tracks, with the majority of the track being more relaxing then it is frenetic. The last two minutes in particular feature a very chilled-out guitar line and some great, psychedelic synth parts.

'rogter sot oe koft' is the closer here, as well as the shortest track on the album. Following in the footsteps of the track before it, it begins with the most laid-back section on the entire album, with some very pleasant bass and piano providing a relaxing ambience. This is shaken up halfway through, however, when a driving guitar part enters amongst crashing drums and a high pitched, wailing synth part. This doesn't last long, however, as these instruments drop out and leave only the piano and bass to bring the track to its end. It's a very satisfying finale to the album, a nice moment of relative peace to finish off a rather chaotic album.

So overall Papir delivers a very impressive, very accomplished debut album here. Bringing heavy krautrock influence into their sound, they're nevertheless a very interesting group with a sound the likes of which isn't heard too much in most of today's music. This album is definitely recommended to anyone looking for modern music that recalls some of the real Krautrock greats, or just fans of this sort of noisy, chaotic psych-rock.

4/5

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 Stundum by PAPIR album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.89 | 8 ratings

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Papir Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Music without a harness

I´ve lived with this record for quite some time now, and there is no denying the fact, that these musicians must´ve had a picture of me hanging on the wall, when they recorded this. I mean, it´s psychedelic like a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with booming colours and the cacti to go with it - it´s Krautrock, a type of music that makes my hair stand on end and leaves my mouth salivating for more, - and to top it off: It´s mostly improvised music, jumping carefree from branch to branch of an ever-expanding baobab tree throwing its roots high up in the clouds, like some confused species of wood. These guys have finally managed to cook up a record deal, and both the self titled record and this new monster are now available as tangible releases that you can actually touch and put into your stereo rack. In my review of their brilliant debut album I concentrated on the feel of the band and their history, and I thought It´d be fun to go into the tracks on this one, although it isn´t something I am used to. So out of the comfort zone and into the dream:

Sunday#1: Starts out tightrope walking, oozing away on atmospherics with soft bas and guitar patterns sneaking in on you, - and when you´ve finally calmed yourself down to 4 heartbeats a minute, the music starts to open up with a melodic guitar, sounding clean almost bluesy, alongside a rhythmic onslaught from the drums - playing both fusion-like but also with a firm hold in the 60s, -recalling the great John Densmore a good deal. The music ends in a violent and snarling attack. Fuzzy and distorted - the instruments now take on a whole new form, and slightly reminds me of blending frozen soil in a food-processor.

Saturday (Or Reggaemix as it was originally called...): The Bob Marley track? Well not exactly - not even remotely... Maybe one could look at this as de-constructed reggae, ripping the genre apart serving it with free-flowing fiery guitar - a wobbling bass that propels the music forward - and you wonder how many extra fingers there´s in play here... Well none actually, because much like the Krautrockers of the 70s, this is essentially live music performed in a studio with but a few overdubs here and there, and these are some drip drips from a coffee maker or just an extra touch of guitar, a synth or maybe just a muffled hand-drum in the background (as heard on the last couple of tracks.) All the reggae you´ll find here is in the form of a short lived guitar riff - that dissolves just as swiftly as it appears. Personally I just love the way the guitar takes over at one point and simultaneously plays solo and rhythm - WAAUW WAAUW WAAUW - making me feel as if I´m riding a see-saw from outer space.

Monday: Like throwing pebbles into a pond, creating ripples upon ripples lapping up against each other forming new musical patterns, - but then again you could be fooled by the powerful psychedelic eruption of crushingly loud drums - sounding like a stampede intertwined with a wah wah infused space excursion that sneaks it´s way into the track just before. A floating sonic universe appears - duetting with the gentle sounds of a coffee maker, and again you are reminded of the very nature of the beast. This band is all about diving head first into the music without any prefabricated ideas and structures and then sets off into whatever.

Sunday#2: Starts out creeping and crawling alluring you in - and then suddenly shifts contours and sounds like that of electric winds hitting a clothesline filled with giant coloured wash clothes moving in slow motion - flapping away according to the different tempers - highs and lows this track offers, with its rumbling drums, almost robotic sounding bass doodlings - that at times sprinkles the music with a spacey wah wah bottom, that preferably should take the listener into Krautrock dreamings. Add to this a guitar that flows from rocking and bulbous grooves to sluggishly drifting along - very much like cloths in the wind, you get a semi-jam that goes every which direction these musicians wants to go.

Tuesday# 1-2: Two pieces of contemplative music that seep into each other like 2 lovers in a sparking embrace. Both Tuesdays are like a brilliant mix of the music that comes before it. What really floats my boat and gets me going, is the fact that it sounds like the perfect soundtrack for taking a day off, just lying on the grass watching the skies pass by. This is really what it sounds like. Like listening to the big giant star-movie rolling across the blue screen. And just like the icy breezes, the intimidating black thunderclouds, narrow shafts of sunlight and the never ending colours of the day breaking or ending, - the music somehow also keeps shifting and evolving - with the ambient and low key section of the tracks being a clear blue sky - without a fluffy sheep in sight.

Essential music for looking upwards and dreaming yourself far far away.

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Papir Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Krautrock that´ll blow your socks off

Let me start by saying that I know these guys from back during high school in the suburbs of Copenhagen. Back then they were playing in a group called Etna, which also featured highly original vocals from a girl called Line, and last but not least Søren(mad dude) on rhythm guitar and additional vocals. The music was an experimental form of indie rock as I recall it and waaaay more subdued and structured than what Papir has evolved into. A full fledged submission to the music itself, where the music seems to have another life on its own. Much like the way Amon Düül ll were able to jam and find each other in these giant waves of notes and sound, Papir is now developing a style very reminiscent of this approach.

I have been listening to this record a lot the past 3 months, and I wanted to be sure that I didn´t come off as a "friend" reviewing, or maybe the sort of blind follower of bands that will lick your boots clean, if you once played coconuts on a Steven Wilson project...

As I mentioned earlier I think this essentially is Krautrock. I recently talked to Moshquito in a thread concerning the actual prog quotient of Kraut - and we were both inclined to say that the movement came from the trip - the voyage into the unknown. Playing together jamming - reaching climatic highs and reaching for the universe. These are large and unquantifiable metaphors - I know, and certainly close to new age country, but that shouldn´t diminish the attempt of trying to elevate music into something that is more than just the notes. Music is first and foremost about HOW you play the notes, and HOW you are able to play together as a band. Papir is like a well oiled machine in this department, and there is no hiding the fact that these guys know each other from way back. They´ve now created some sort of meta language in the music between the 3 of them, and it is a pure joy to listen to.

I actually heard Papir in concert first and wasn´t really prepared for the pianos and keys that are featured throughout the record. Let´s just say I was pleasantly surprised, as they mostly work as sprinklings on the cake - or atmosphere inducing layers that allures you into the music, which really is about the guitar, bas and drums. Christian on the bas is probably one of the most gifted bas players I have seen in DK, and there is a natural element to his playing that soaks through within the band. I can´t count the times I´ve been watching the guy live in disbelief, because the sounds that are coming from his instrument is much closer to that of the guitar or the synth. He also works as a rhythm guitarist - he is just using 4 strings. Then we´ve got Christoffer on the drums, and for a long time I couldn´t quite put my finger on who he reminded me of. Then it suddenly hit me: John Densmore! If you have ever seen a live concert of the Doors - you will see a guy throwing himself into the drums - creating a wide variety of sounds from a very sparse drum kit. Christoffer plays like that, and he is the meat and potatoes of the band - bringing with him a very earthy and robust aspect to the music. Between him and Christian you have a rhythm section that is tight like you wouldn´t believe. They interlock - that is probably the best word for it. Nicklas lastly drives the axe, and he does so with ease and much confidence, but even more so with a will to drive the music forward - to attack - to growl -and to challenge the other guys to grab a hold of their hats and teeth and hang on. He reminds me of Guru Guru guitarist Ax Genrich who also has a soft spot for the wah wah pedal and the frequent psychedelic excursions through blistering solos that wobbles and bends and adds to the whole picture - that element of uncertainty and chaos. This is also very much the case with Nicklas.

Like the Krautrockers of yesteryear, there is a distinct weight on the groove, but in a rather ingenious way it never sounds unmelodious, and that is a feat in itself for any band. If you are a fan of either Guru Guru, Amon Düül ll, Can, Gila or just the vibe and feel of Kraut from the 70s, you should hunt this down with a vengeance. The only downside I can see, is the fact that the album has a running time of 31 min, which nearly puts it into EP territory, but then again there is certain tendency in modern prog records to make albums lasting 90 min 110 min and way beyond that - which I am not particularly fond of. Most of these get long winded and tiresome - and that is most definitely a statement I wouldn´t associate with Papir.

I love the fact that music like this is still being made, where it is allowed to breathe and develop into whatever however- the music almost creating itself, and slowly somehow erasing the very fabric between the artists and the sounds. I am aching to see where this goes from here, so Papir - you can throw just about anything my direction as long as it sounds remotely like this. 4.5 stars.

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3.95 | 8 ratings

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Papir Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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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-Losé 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.

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