Sometimes, a listener just clicks with an album. It’s like getting to know a person; you either mesh or you don’t, and that’s okay. We all have a type, be it the people we are typically friends with or typically date. However, there will always be that stereotype or person that we have a soft-spot for. Everyone knows me to be really into the alternative/pop-punk scene, and I am. But I have a place in my heart for indie/folk music. Automatically, Papermoons seemed to play into that with their album No Love. It’s crisp, like the air that’s slowly pushing the summer breeze out, and it accomplishes so much without trying too hard.
“Arms Length” starts No Love off on a strong point, with a simplistic beauty. There is something so wonderful about this track. Lyrically, it’s stunning, but the melodies that accompany each line envelope the listener and create a mood that would easily translate onto the stage. There is a peak in the song that would be the moment when the crowd would still and the energy would erupt, and that would be it.
With a classic-rock feel, “Matchbook” keeps me intrigued. It’s a song you want to sing along to, but aren’t sure if you’ll get the high notes, so you wait until you’re alone and you can sound like a cat in a blender in comparison to the striking vocals featured on the track. “Ghost” seems to channel the same classic feel, but with a softer, more haunting (excuse the pun) soul to it. It’s like a calmer version of The Maine’s “Identify,” in relation to some of the chord progressions, but carries a different energy entirely and adds to the album overall. “Deep Blue” also captures some of that Pioneer-like energy, which makes me thing that maybe Papermoons and The Maine should just please us all and go on tour together. This is the track that makes it easy to imagine swimming in the pool with just the pool-light on. It’s the anthem for the end of the summer and those stolen moments before life seems to begin again.
“Goodnight Son” is the lullaby that musicians should be singing to their children. The guitar parts are so entrancing and devastatingly played out. Just for the instrumentals alone, this may be the standout track. It’s one for the ages. “Cold Dark Moon” does follow in later and holds its own against the track, more so for the lyrical prowess showcased.
“Oh My God” starts off, and the first thing that may jump to mind is a dog chewing on an unknown object. “Oh my God, what’s in your mouth? Spit it out right now!” Of course, this may encourage a chuckle, but once the song continues and you delve a bit deeper, it’s about the shutdown of communication. The pleading tone is relatable and will easily tug at a few heartstrings, especially due to it’s somewhat melancholy nature.
“Heart / Brain” is a bit difficult to hear/understand in the first few lines, but then they become more enunciated, and suddenly, it seems like a secret you’re desperate to hear.
There is a soft, subtle element of romance to “Pining.” Though it may not be that attractive in real life; musically, it’s something that makes people think back to a love lost or want to be in love or allows them to experience that moment of empathy for the yearning so many people go through.
“Lungs” is the longest track on the album, coming in at six minutes and seventeen seconds. It’s an opus of brilliance; the song on the soundtrack that you can’t stop listening to and imagining characters walking down a quiet road on a cold, crisp morning in autumn. It’s got an evolutionary pace, like the changing of the seasons; an excellent way to finish off the album.
No Love is a consistent, mellow, well-pieced indie/folk album, with an obvious influence from the the early days of rock ‘n roll. Hard to resist and impossible to ignore, Papermoons have taken their sound to the next level, seemingly coming full-circle and leaving many in awe (rightly so).
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