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In conjunction with 13 shows booked for their fall 2012 tour, the Melbourne quintet The Paper Kites have recorded and released an autumnal-sounding EP of indie-tinged folk-rock. On their own, Sam Bentley’s subtle nasal-toned vocals sometimes sound like those of Chris Gunst (Beachwood Sparks, Mystic Chords of Memory). But when the backing vocals come in on “A Maker of My Time,” Bentley takes ownership of the song and steers it like a ship through choppy waves. “Leopold Street” follows with a gentler kind of folk that sounds equally inspired by post–Fairport Convention solo albums by Ian Matthews and early 21st-century recordings by Neil Halstead. There’s also something magical that happens when Bentley sings harmonies over the Byrdsy chime of vintage-toned 12-string guitar leads and a tambourine—as heard on the outstanding “When Our Legs Grew Tall.” Conversely, the minimal accompaniment of “Paint” lets listeners really home in on the texture of his timbre and all the endearing imperfections in his voice. The closing lullaby, “Kiss the Grass,” finds Bentley’s boyish croon slathered in spacy reverb.

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Art for the ears

Although young, the Paper Kites have been honing their craft for years both individually and as a band, and it really comes through in what they produce. Young North is a simply beautiful piece of art. Masterfully pieced together, layers of vocals and instruments are blended into songs that steal into your soul and leave a light golden haze across your mind.

Highly recommended.

Ohhhhhh :)

Such yum music!


anyone would be silly not to purchase this album! beautiful


Formed: 2010 in Melbourne, Australia

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '10s

Australian folk-rock group the Paper Kites initially formed around the duo of Sam Bentley and Christina Lacy, who had been performing and writing together since high school. Members David Powys (guitar/banjo), Sam Rasmussen (bass/synth), and Josh Bentley (drums) were recruited from other Melbourne-based bands in 2010 to complete the lineup that was responsible for their debut single "Bloom." With their warm, harmonic blend and acoustic-oriented indie folk-pop sound, their first EP, 2011's Woodland,...
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