The new, self-titled album from Colorado five-piece Paper Bird, is a spirited slice of Americana with moments of polished playfulness.
Three lead vocalists, Sarah Anderson, Genevieve Patterson and Carleigh Atkins, blend together to create unique harmonies supported by a rhythm section consisting of Caleb Summeril, Paul DeHaven and Mark Anderson, the sum of which gives Paper Bird a perfectly formed country-pop sound – their first record produced by John Oates, best known as half of world-renowned duo Hall & Oates.
The album is a strong offering with moments of soaring soulfulness tinged with hints of classic rock inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, however some tracks fall just short of their aim and are hindered by over production. There is a grand, much larger sound trickling just beneath the surface – songs including Limitless and I Don’t Mind could benefit from just being let loose and allowing some more raw, unleashed rock elements to come through.
A good start from a band who have only ever self-released before, but plenty of room for improvement from the Denverites.