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Less is more. It's a philosophy that Austin-based indie folk rock duo PAPERMOONS understands quite well. The idea that you can say a whole lot more without screaming or shouting is evidenced by the brilliantly constructed songs on the band's second long-player No Love, the follow-up to their celebrated debut New Tales. They use subtle transitions, gorgeous Simon & Garfunkel-esque harmonies, intimate performances and gentle attention to every minute detail to create a unique mid-tempo mix of words and sounds that is truly captivating. The way in which each lyric is so precisely delivered (you shake me like a thunderstorm / you pull me like a fire alarm / you put me down when you said you'd pick me) will capture your attention, your mind and if you allow it...your soul. It's difficult to pick a favorite here (that said, listen to album closer Lungs) because the reality is that every track in this impressive cache of beautifully melodic songs is a winner. A rare album exuding undercurrents of sadness and hope, No Love is a noteworthy achievement marked with an onslaught of care, control, confidence and conviction.
"Since the release of our debut New Tales back in 2009, Daniel and I went through some pretty big life changes: marriage, moving, finishing school. The songs on No Love were inspired by the personal growth we experienced due to all these changes. Playing music together has always been special to us. We wanted to write these songs to sort of break the silence of the past several years. We feel the album is a focused, fresh start for the next stage of Papermoons. 'No Love' is a tongue in cheek moniker for an album of often serious content. The songs explore the duality of our emotions, how we experience love, and how our perception of these emotions changes over time. The cover features a photograph that Daniel took at Muir Beach overlook in California because we feel it is at once beautiful and lonely. It represents the duality of our emotions...a topic explored throughout the album. It's been a cathartic experience to finish No Love and we are both very proud of the end result. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it" says Matt Clark. Daniel Hawkins adds "we draw a lot from the concept of making more out of less. We try to create songs that are easy, innocent and pleasant to listen to but that also contain subtle complexities that make listening more interesting and enjoyable. We strive to make music that can both cheer someone up and also console. We've both been involved with playing music for many years now and what has been continually inspiring to us is the way in which music connects people. And of course, the personal satisfaction of creating music is second to none."
"It's been a long four years to hear new music from Papermoons, but perfection takes time and it was certainly worth the wait. I could not be more pleased with the way the album turned out. Song after song is filled with powerful emotion and engaging, relatable lyrics that make you recollect your own personal dealings with love / no love. The first time I heard the closing track Lungs, I could hardly believe my ears as they sang 'with my hands i will construct you / with my might i will protect you / i'll build the walls / i'll lay the floors and hang the doors / i will call you home.' Whoa. Lungs is without question one of the very best songs in the Deep Elm's entire catalog. It floors me every time I hear it. We are blessed beyond reason to be working with such incredible artists" says Deep Elm label founder John Szuch.
PAPERMOONS is Matt Clark (vocals, guitar, pedal bass) and Daniel Hawkins (drums, vocals, hand percussion). No Love was produced, engineered and mixed over the course of a year ending in April 2013 by Matt Clark in his home studio in Austin, TX where the band currently resides. Mastered by Jamal Ruhe (Pedro the Lion, Low, The Promise Ring) at West West Side, New York City. Deep Elm released the band's critically-acclaimed debut New Tales in October 2009. Cover artwork by Daniel Hawkins.
"The most beautiful sounds possible. Their level as songwriters is mind-bogglingly mature." - Sound Salvation
"I'm stunned at how brilliantly constructed the whole thing is. This is an album with no equal." - Free Press
"The whole experience of the record is heartbreakingly beautiful...I'm left utterly shattered." - The Skyline
Recommended For Fans of: RIYL: Pedro the Lion, Death Cab for Cutie, Accents, Wilco, Ida, Low, Band of Horses
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standing on two feet building walls between you and i is harder than i thought. hold you up to me and tell you how i feel. i let you down when i said i'd hold you up. but i said right from the start. we're just an arms length apart. i mean this when i say to you. that my lungs they breathe and my heart it beats blood into my arms. just enough to reach. you shake me like a thunderstorm. you pull me like a fire alarm. you put me down when you said you'd pick me. i take you with a grain of salt. but you're water so it just dissolves. i should have known by the way you walk and talk and function. but i said right from the start. we're just an arms length apart. i mean this when i say to you. that my lungs they breathe and my heart it beats blood into my arms. just enough to reach
Track Name: Matchbook
i couldn't wait to tell you. just what i found down your block in rubber city. your light is oh so pretty. it's too late to move back to a frozen state of mind. i couldn't wait to tell you how. we could burn down this town. turn around and put your pictures in a box and label it love. grab a matchbook from your pocket baby. it's too late to move back to a frozen state of mind. pour gasoline. and light a matchbook. light a matchbook
Track Name: Ghost
they were here waiting on the sun to set and the moon to come. to show them in a constellation why they were living. you don't care where you are at night. you only care where you are when you die. you only know what some others told you. i'm here feeling like a ghost. walking around with my hands in the air. but i don't scare you. you put me in place. but you don't know where your place is. and you try. i'm a lot like you when you were young. pulled my teeth so i couldn't bite my tongue. you held your breath and i held mine under water. you're here looking like a ghost. walking around with your hands in the air but you don't scare me. i put you in a place. oh god that look on your face is worth a thousand words. i'm a lot like you when you were young. pulled my teeth so i couldn't bite my tongue. you held your breath and i held mine under water. you wanted time but i took it. you wanted light but i took that too
Track Name: Goodnight Son
goodnight son. she said don't take advantage of the ones you thought you knew you loved. my mother once said son don't hang your weary head. just stand up strong and sing along. goodnight son. she said don't stray to far from your heart or you'll fall apart. i try not to forget it. don't hang your head when your back's against the wall. don't run. don't walk. i don't know what happened. i'm talking to myself. i try not to forget it. but i just keep on forgetting. i try not to forget it. don't hang your head when your back's against the wall. don't run. don't walk
Track Name: Oh My God
oh my god what's in your mouth. spit it out spit it out and tell me what you want me to hear. oh my god what's on your mind. give it time give it time tonight you're gonna shine. in your chest deep in your chest. is there a heart that beats. in your heart deep in your heart. is there place for me. with my hands buried in pockets. there is nothing but luck. with my luck oh with my luck. i'm giving up on. on giving into you. i'm giving up on you. you're the taker. you're the taker of things. please take me away again
Track Name: Heart / Brain
i came to your bed just to see and pretend to be your friend. your heart still remains more content than your brain that you'll see light soon. i want you to let go of my hand when you feel it pull. cause you're wasting time. you're wasting mine. open your mouth. so i can crawl in your mouth. til the words come out. i watched as the light left your eyes. it was a combination of laughter and cries. you wasted life. you wasted mine. open your mouth. so i can crawl in your mouth. til the words come out. stuck on your tongue. were the words you once sung to here. heart over brain. follow the tracks that lead back to your house. count all the ties and the times. open your mouth. so i can crawl in your mouth. til the words come out. stuck on your tongue. were the words you once sung to here. heart over brain
Track Name: Cold Dark Moon
we're taking on water. losing all our oil. the cold dark moon. is no light to swim by tonight. i wait for the night to end. i wait for the light to shine in. the water is cold. is it overtaking the hull?
Track Name: Deep Blue
turn on the light. and hold the letter that i wrote up to your face. do you understand. you never understand. we're only second guessing how we feel. hold on to me now. turn off the light. let your eyes adjust to the dark. do you understand. you never understand that. we're only second second guessing how we feel. hold on to me now. don't let me float away into the blue. i'm treading water. hold me up. don't let me down to the bottom of the deep. where the silver eyes decide who they're gonna eat or gonna leave. blown out to sea. living on the breeze. i don't know too much. i never knew enough. we're only second guessing how we feel. hold on to me now. don't let me float away into the blue. i'm treading water. hold me up. don't let me down to the bottom of the deep. where the silver eyes decide who they're gonna eat or gonna leave. i'm sicking still. in the cold dark deep blue. i'm treading water. hold me up. don't let me down to the bottom of the deep. where the silver eyes decide who they're gonna eat or gonna leave
Track Name: Pining
pining for you, are you pining for me. lost in the dark, no light to see. i wait here for you did you wait there for me. i pulled all the bark clean off the tree. searching for something you thought i could be. a leaf on the ground, a knot on the tree. i waited there patiently hoping to see the light of your eyes. when you finally find me. but i'm not holding my breath for you
Track Name: Lungs
i've been holding my breath since you walked in. my lungs were burning with air then they caved in. to my chest bony ribs i confess. i'm a martyr for you. with my hands i will construct you. with my might i will protect you. i'll build the walls. i'll lay the floors and hang the doors. i will call you home. in your life you will forget me. in your mind you will omit me. to be the one. i'll do what i can just to hold your hand. i will be your man. i will lay you down. and cauterize your wounds. cauterize. you caught my eye. in due time. we will create a light. to shine on. through the coldest winter nights. when darkness comes. from shade to dark. you'll flip the spark til embers glow. in our eyes. we will reflect the light. with our legs we'll walk til we lose all sight. when morning comes. from dark to bright we'll gain our sight and move along. i will lay you down. and cauterize your wounds. cauterize. you caught my eye. hold my breath and fill my lungs. til the blood rushes back to my hands and toes