Album review: Paper Plane Flight Recorder
Date of Release: 03 November 2013
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic
Reviewer: The Astr0naut
Vocals: His voice is so beautifully crafted toward the folky side of the music world. You see all different variations of the way he uses his vocal variety throughout the the album. LO/GOUT does not stay the same in any song. For example, in Song of the Selfless, his voice reflects on the softer side of him, compared to Establishment, where his voice becomes eclectically noir-based. In Winter + Summer, I hate to be cliche, but he sings as if he was each of the seasons, splitting the song into two pieces; he speaks of the emotions he feels in the winter compared to how he is living in the summer. I think you are absolutely wonderful.
Guitars: The guitar is acoustically held to a high standard, in my opinion. I’ve seen so many singer/songwriters go into their lives of the music industry trying to make poppy and catchy tunes that everyone will love, but some of that tends to not come from the heart. Upon listening to the opening guitarwork of Departure, the first track on the album, I could imagine myself about to take part in a long journey, and walking through a small carnival about to be on my way, and then the song changes into a more melodic side of calmness when the second song off the album comes in. Each song sounds completely different, which is shocking to me, especially since this is an acoustic project. The song Winter + Summer, which I brought up in the vocal work section specifically, has a part towards the end that makes me feel as if I am about to take flight. It’s almost as if I’m listening to paradise.
Production: The production could be much better because the volume is very low. I would have to say that this is the only thing holding this artist back from his full potential only because some people may get bored by low volume and slow paced music. If they were to ever re-record this and crank up the tunes just a bit, I would be so in love.
Lyrics: Beautiful, much like the vocal tracks. I literally can not complain about any of the lyrics, because this artist tells actual stories through his songs. “In The Sea of Lonely Souls” caught my ear the most, making me think about how everyone, or at least most people walk out of your life in the most inopportune times, and it can drive someone sociologically and psychologically mad because of the lack of love, commitment, and even in-person experience that they hold, rather no longer hold.
Songwriting: Wonderfully crafted goodness that I most definitely would listen to at any point in time. This is the type of music that I can honestly sit back to and enjoy at any moment, and can clear my head because of it. I want this artist to come to either one of my woods parties and play or just go camping with me because these are incredible campfire tunes.
Overall IPHYB Rating: Overall, this will be the music I spend time driving home to late at night when no one else is on the road and I don’t want to be blasting loud and ridiculous shit that I normally do. This is fantastic mellow mood music that I will never get sick of, because everyone should have that mellow artist they refer back to in the times of either down and sad days or long drives home down the dark roads of the world. I will be downloading this and adding it to my iTunes.
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8.5/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 8/10
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