February 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: Paperhaus – Self-Titled

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Paperhaus
Self-Titled
Self-Released
Street: 02.10
Paperhaus = 
Max Pain and the Groovies + Tame Impala

From where I stand, most modern psychedelic rock is overly saturated junk born in a dirty garage and unfortunately inflicted on the world around it. Paperhaus skirt most of the negative aspects of modern psych rock, but only just barely, by adding elements of indie rock and a touch of pop sensibility into their songs. Up-tempo numbers like lead track “Cairo” have a playful and dreamy quality that I think gives these guys a wider appeal, but slow burners like the 7½ minute centerpiece “Misery” kind of ruin it for me. No artist should be told what to make—that usually ends with good bands making terrible music—but sometimes musicians need someone looking over their shoulder to help them avoid making shitty songs. Paperhaus have a lot of potential, and some really cool songs, but I don’t think they’re quite there yet. –Alex Gilvarry 

Paperhaus
Self-Titled
Self-Released
Street: 02.10
Paperhaus = 
Max Pain and the Groovies + Tame Impala

From where I stand, most modern psychedelic rock is overly saturated junk born in a dirty garage and unfortunately inflicted on the world around it. Paperhaus skirt most of the negative aspects of modern psych rock, but only just barely, by adding elements of indie rock and a touch of pop sensibility into their songs. Up-tempo numbers like lead track “Cairo” have a playful and dreamy quality that I think gives these guys a wider appeal, but slow burners like the 7½ minute centerpiece “Misery” kind of ruin it for me. No artist should be told what to make—that usually ends with good bands making terrible music—but sometimes musicians need someone looking over their shoulder to help them avoid making shitty songs. Paperhaus have a lot of potential, and some really cool songs, but I don’t think they’re quite there yet. –Alex Gilvarry 

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