â….nothing is overdone, itâs their restraint which makes it work, opening space to allow Sarahâs vocals to really soar as well as creating an atmosphere and warmth that just draws you in. These two are going places, I guarantee it.â Folk Radio.com
âFirst and foremost, what grabs you when a Paper Shades song strikes up is the beauty of the harmonies between Sarah Dollar and Jon Rixonâ For Folks Sake
âFantastic and awesome – their voices blend so well togetherâ David White, BBC Radio
The Paper Shades are Jon Rixon (guitars, piano, hammond organ and vocals) and Sarah Dollar (guitars, drums, percussion and vocals).
February 2015 sees the release of the first single âHomeâ from The Paper Shades debut album. The pair have been writing and demoing new songs throughout 2014 after gigging extensively in 2013 to promote their last self released EP âWhere You Layâ. Recording for the album started in December 2014 at the famous Monnow Valley Studios in Wales and they return there in March to complete it.
The album marks a major progression sonically for the band who have developed a more diverse sound palette from their earlier more acoustic work, whilst still retaining the space and simplicity which has become their trademark. They have where possible added all the instrumentation themselves-with Sarah even picking up the drum sticks again which has allowed them more freedom to experiment in the studio and submerse themselves creatively.
They say of the LP âWe had a very clear idea of the overall sound we wanted to create, we both like albums which are spacious and atmospheric and have a âsoundtrackâ type feel to them. The aim was to create an âold schoolâ album where all the tracks work together a bit like an audio journey but each track is also able to stand on itâs ownâ
The Paper Shades are Sarah Dollar and Jon Rixon who met at art college and forged a friendship based on similar tastes particularly in music. The pair started playing on the open mic circuit getting as much experience playing their songs live as possible and quickly this lead to them playing on singer/songwriter nights at venues such as The Troubadour, Notting Hill Arts Club and Ronnie Scotts.
2014 was spent writing for the album as well as a mini-tour in Cornwall and sets at Somersault and Boardmasters Festival. 2015 looks set to be a busy year for the band with singles, the album being released and tours planned, firstly with Hot Feet in February.
The Home / Strong single is available from Indie Kitchen Records website
www.indiekitchenrecords.co.uk and from iTunes, Amazon, etc.
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