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Paperwhite: “Gold” & “Galaxy”

17 Nov


Given that we have spent much of 2014 in a kind of blog-coma, it is no surprise that when we looked back to see when we last wrote about brother-sister duo Paperwhite, it was way back in January (for their debut release, “got me goin”). Since then, and during our hibernation, there have been three more tracks that have been getting better and better. Today marks the release of the last two tracks from their debut EP, Magic, and yes they are both indeed ‘magic’.

Not Fantasia style magic, where everything goes wrong and mop buckets make a massive mess; not sitting in a box over the Thames for weeks on end doing nothing style magic and not blowing up a boat to make it look like it has vanished while dancing around with a knife in your mouth and playing cards flying from your hands kind of magic (ok, so technically that last one was an illusion but you know what we mean).

No, we mean magic as in thrilling, exciting, enthralling and wonderful. The good kind.

Both are blissful slices of smooth electronic-pop music, unashamed in their 80’s influences and gloriously dreamy. Ironically “Gold” shimmers and sparkles like stardust while “Galaxy” feels luxuriously expensive. The harmonies, the synth blends and the overall sense of swoon given off by both is just superb and lovely, we’re glad we woke up from our coma in time to catch these two tracks.

”Gold” and “Galaxy” are both taken from Paperwhite’s debut EP, ‘Magic’ which is out now and available to buy from iTunes. The pair are also playing their debut UK show this Friday (21 November) at The Stillery in Camden.

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Listen: Paperwhite: “got me goin”

22 Jan


Is 2014 already the year of chilled out electronica? Last year’s synthpop felt very vibrant and colourful whereas already this year we have been treated to a lot of high quality tunes that have been so laidback, they’ve been practically horizontal. Just this morning we featured the wonderful Yumi Zouma and now we have even more for you to fall in love with from Brooklyn brother-sister duo, Paperwhite.

The first offering from Katie and Ben Marshall is a glossy dream of cloud like soundscapes, that is, says Katie, about finding direction in moments of personal immobility and the power of a new love in your life. Though “got me goin” is more a gentle nudge than a kick up the arse, the imbuing of purpose and confidence within, rather than the artificial jollying up from without perhaps.

Speaking of within, there is within the song a floating trance like element, reminiscent of Way Out West’s “The Gift” in actual fact, drifting in like an autumn leaf on a cool breeze. It dances gracefully, buffeted and caressed by the graceful sophistication of beats, melody and harmonic bliss. It’s like that scene from American Beauty where they just sit and watch the plastic bag swirl in the wind, but without any of the pretention or trying-too-hard-to-mean-something-significant-but-not-really-pulling-it-off vibes.

Feel the breeze lift you gently into the air and let go as you are carried to who knows where; “got me goin” is gorgeous and worth getting lost with for an afternoon or two.

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