Elva Carroll (vocals/guitar), David Shaughnessy (drums/percussion), Sam Wright (bass) and Henry Egan (guitar) are Paper Moon. Carroll is the main composer. The band's recent release Ink Tide explores elements of jazz, folk and a tinge of pop.
The band starts off very strong with the delightful “Too Flexible To Break.” Its vibe here is very smooth and I mean everything sounds slick. The bass, guitar and drums all hit the right notes. As much as I loved the instrumentation, the lead vocals as well as the harmonies are catchy and the focal point of the song. I was a fan right after the first song and the upbeat and very carefree vibe the band had.
Up next is “Wasted.” The band get very jazzy and subdued with this song. Carroll’s vocals are more intimate at times on this song. The guitar work is again soft and slick as everything just complements each other very well which is a testament to the band's talent. I also loved the haunting Thom Yorke-esque vocal harmonies towards the end.
“Can Not Relate” brings up the energy. There is so much to love about this song. The vocal melody might be the most infectious yet. Carroll’s dynamic performance is just about perfect and in time with some of the most technical rhythmic patterns.
“The Cause” is joyful and just pure fun. Out of all the songs, this one made me want to dance. There is a bit of a bossanova vibe on this song. The vocal melodies are again just really catchy and make sure not to miss the lead guitar either. I’m also pretty sure I heard a banjo on this song.
They wrap things up with “Say To Me.” Now this is the type of jazz you want to hear in the evening perhaps at a small place like the Green Dolphin we have here in Chicago. It’s romantic, beautiful and also builds with vocal harmonies.
This EP was such a pleasure to listen to. The songs speak for themselves. They are a very talented band and this EP is a fantastic start. Highly recommended.
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