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PAPIR

Papir

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.89 | 18 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars PAPIR are a Space Rock trio out of Denmark who add Krautrock colours to their music. This is their debut from 2010 which they did mostly themselves except for the mastering. It clocks in at 31 minutes with four tracks which certainly changed on album number two called "Stundum" an almost 80 minute recording where they get help from Jonas Munk also from Denmark and from the band CAUSA SUI who recorded and produced it and he certainly brought some inspiration on what I feel is their best album. I would put this their debut in my top three albums by them though along with "Stundum" of course and the studio album they did with ELECTRIC MOON called "The Papermoon Sessions" which is fantastic! Do yourselves a favour and read our resident Psychedelic expert Guldbamsen's review of this one and "Stundum". David has known these guys since high school.

So they are a bass/drum/guitar trio with the guitarist and bassist both adding keyboards which are on every track. The opener "Kurl Te Pow Ralise" is the longest at almost 10 minutes. Atmosphere with what sounds like crickets and experimental sounds before beats and keys take over around 1 1/2 minutes. The guitar comes in over top and the synths get growly as they swirl as it kicks in pretty good after 3 minutes. It will settle back a couple of times but man just head bobbin' music. "Lykk Trep-r Hi-Lose" is over 8 minutes and the drums kick in right off the bat with depth of sound here and outbursts of guitar. Some keys and strummed guitar follows this. Catchy stuff. It turns powerful before 1 1/2 minutes and I love that bass. Back to strumming that guitar as themes are repeated meaning the heaviness returns. Yes! A Post-Rock vibe 4 minutes in and the guitar is scraping away in the distance before 6 minutes. Them more heaviness.

"Une Frensal N-Erit" at 7 1/2 minutes opens with atmosphere on steroids before beats join in this experimental soundscape around 1 1/2 minutes. The atmosphere leaves after 2 minutes as bass and drums support those cool sounding guitar expressions. Synths agan swirl and they amp it up after 4 minutes then kick it up another notch after that. So good! The closer "Rogter Sot Oe Koft" is 5 1/2 minutes long opening with bongos(is that Bamsen?) along with atmosphere before it builds into a catchy groove. Piano after aminute which is interesting because it's going at a slower pace then the rest of the song. Heaviness out of nowhere after 2 1/2 minutes then it settles a minute later before piano ends it.

The next one "Stundum" blows this one up but this is a refreshing record that reveals a talented band who will only get better.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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