Wednesday, April 13, 2011

CD Review: Paper Thick Walls Debuts "A Thousand Novels"

One of the brightest new acts of 2011 is Paper Thick Walls. The group has 150 shows lined up this year after a successful 2010. Last year they performed at the South By Southwest Festival as well as the North By Northeast Festival and the CMJ Music Marathon. Their full-length debut album entitled "A Thousand Novels" will be released on May 3rd and was engineered by Maik Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case).

Right from the opening track, "Old Weathered Wooden Dock", Kate Schell's vocals and Eric Michaels' harmonies give you sense of pop enjoyment. The music and song-writing reflects that of Sufjan Stevens with a touch of Americana to give it an honest sound. The two vocalist are playful with the lyrics of "Orange Tree," but show a darker feeling to their music in "NyQuil" and "A Thousand Novels". The folk sounds of "Portrait" is the perfect blend of music to fit the gentle flow of their harmonies. The pop sounding "Overgrown" is a welcome break from the haunting sounds of "Master of the Sea" and "Infinite", but lacks that punch to make it more memorable.

Please visit for two free songs from the new album before its release. Also check back for updates on live performances.

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