navy black – Paper Tiger’s “This Time Around”

Big thanks to Alli Marshall for a glowing response to “This Time Around”!!

Paper Tiger’s “This Time Around”
“This Time Around,” the new track just released by Asheville-based trip-hop outfit Paper Tiger, starts off with an uptempo beat slightly out of character for the band that describes itself as “dirty downtempo.” But give it 10 seconds and what begins as a cool, snappy shimmy of a beat melts into even cooler horns and keys. In fact, cool (as a noun) layers and blankets this song, coloring and texturing it in near-palpable ways. It’s jazz stripped of edifice, soul pared back to its thrumming essence, and r&b boiled down to only its heavy-breathing intent.

Not that there’s any heavy-breathing going on in “This Time Around.” It’s far too cool for that, far too bathed in blue light and remove, far too committed to delayed gratification. It’s the gesture of a shimmer amidst the slink and strut of beats and vocals so controlled and lingering that even a wink would be too eager. “This Time Around” fits in the Paper Tiger arc, but it also demonstrates new directions — a spiraling into subtle matter and minimalism for an effect that flirts with explosiveness although, in truth, it barely lifts its bedroom eyes. The sheer mastery of dirty downtempo bodes well for the band’s forthcoming full-length.

Download the track here:

Paper Tiger + Thriftworks + Splynter

Thriftworks + Paper Tiger + Splynter @ Asheville Music Hall 3/1/13

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Paper Tiger to Play Bele Chere 2011

Needless to say, we’re thrilled!!  We’ll be joined by SKEW Records producer Peripheral on electronics … check out the announcement from the Asheville Citizen Times.

MoogFest darlings Paper Tiger make a return trip to Asheville for this year’s Bele Chere festival. Marc Broussard is among the headliners for this year’s street festival.

The City of Asheville and the Bele Chereentertainment selection committee announced today that they have chosen local bands to fill more than half of the performance slots for the 2011 Bele Chere July 29-31 in downtown Asheville.

Festival headliners

Headliners for the event include Marc Broussard, Big Gigantic, Mambo Sauce, The London Souls, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, The Whigs, Apache Relay, Rebirth Brass Band, Hoots & Hellmouth, and Railroad Earth.

Local bands - Some of the local bands performing are: Floating Action, Secret B Sides, Kovacs & The Polar Bear, RBTS Win, Sirius.B, Doc Aquatic, Sonmi Suite, The Billy Sea, Sanctum Sully, Paper Tiger, The Vertigo Jazz Project, Lyric, The StereoFidelics, Do It To Julia, Papadosio, and Balsam Range.

In addition, the winner of the Last Band Standing contest will open the festival on the Haywood Street Stage. Last Band Standing: The Road to Bele Chere 2011 is in collaboration with WNC Magazine.

For more information about Bele Chere, visit the official Bele Chere website.

“Human meets machine” … Me Have Fun Review in Mountain XPress

Human meets machine
Paper Tiger debuts Me Have Fun with local electronic showcase
by Dane Smith – Mountain XPress

There is a place where the seemingly contradictory worlds of jazz and electronica collide. It’s a place where multi-instrumentalists meet DJs to blur the line between lounge, pop and trance. And in Asheville, Paper Tiger is your guide to such a place.

More than seven years ago, vocalist Molly Kummerle (Ruby Slippers) and DJ/producer Isaac Gottfried (MINGLE) began collaborating in their spare time. Now, having fully dedicated their creative efforts to the project, the duo is poised to release its debut LP, Me Have Fun, and for fans of seductive, electro-lounge, it is well worth the wait.

The album’s sultry opening track sets the tone for nearly an hour of slinky vocals, crunchy drums and ethereal backdrops that play on each of the duo’s respective strengths. But this project is more than a sum of its parts. Paper Tiger is creating a musical landscape all its own, and it’s a strange and inviting place.

For the most part, Me Have Fun is devoid of hooks, relying instead on infectious grooves and catchy melodies to draw listeners into the dark, smoky moods that dominate the record. It’s an eclectic mix of warm keys, funky bass and crackly samples, intermingled with such subtlety that distinguishing where the human ends and machine begins is nearly impossible.

“That was one of the things I loved about Isaac when we started working together,” says Kummerle. “It’s chill, and he’ll phrase something really weird and then put an effect on it that will make it be like, ‘Oh, that’s electronic.’ But since he uses a lot of vinyl, it has a really organic feeling. So it’s funky but it’s still … I mean, I love records. I grew up listening to records. There’s nothing like that sound. We definitely wanted to keep that.”

The band sent the recording all the way to Europe to ensure that warm, vintage feel was preserved, enlisting Shawn Joseph (King Britt, Massive Attack) to put the finishing touches on Me Have Fun. After all, Kummerle points out, it had been nearly three years in the making and the band was determined “to retain the integrity of what [it] was looking for.”

In addition, she says, Paper Tiger aimed to create a full listening experience, rather than a series of singles to play on shuffle. But in the age of digital downloads, “You have to approach people with the type of music that they want to buy, in the format that they want to buy.” So she and Gottfried compromised, tracking separate musical interludes for a seamless collection that also lends itself to radio and allows fans to pick and choose if they wish.

“I like to listen to the progression that the band went through from the beginning to the end,” she says. “I want to know what order they put the songs in. I really like to feel the process that the band has gone through. And so we definitely wanted to do that. But we also didn’t want to shoot ourselves in the feet. That’s why we broke it up.”

When it came time to design the artwork, Kummerle admits that they “knew just enough to really drive one graphic designer completely nuts.” So the band staged a contest through Creative Allies — Kummerle works by day as Marketing Coordinator at sister company Music Allies — and received an overwhelming response, eventually choosing a majestic tiger stooped upon orange clouds for the cover image.

“We knew that we would know it when we saw it,” she recalls, noting that the winning submission “was actually the first design that came in.”

To mark the album’s release, Paper Tiger will perform alongside several of Asheville’s fellow genre-bending acts at the Orange Peel’s local electronic showcase on Saturday. Strangely, Kummerle says the gig has been in the planning stages since early November and the fact that it coincides with the album release was pure luck.

“These are bands that I would want at my album release party anyway, if it was all my party,” she says. “So it worked out perfectly. It gave us the venue, and it gave me help in billing it out. It’s just really good timing.” To round out the lineup for the release, the band is enlisting the help of some friends, including Chuck Lichtenberger, who played keys on much of the recording, Dave Mathes, the band’s new drummer and cellist Franklin Keel. In addition, videographer Ben Mason will be on hand to “set the ambiance and mood.”

So come Have Fun with Paper Tiger. They really want to play for you.

“This project is so close to my heart that when people really get it and really want to hear it, it’s like, ‘Oh god, I really want to share it with you!” Kummerle says with unmistakable sincerity. “We really want to come play!”

— Dane Smith can be reached at

who: Paper Tiger, with The Nova Echo, Sonmi Suite and Dep
what: Local showcase
where: The Orange Peel
when: Saturday, Jan. 15 (9 p.m. $5.

Along with Paper Tiger, the Orange Peel’s local showcase this month features three more buzz-worthy electronic acts:

The Nova Echo
Energetic, boisterous, pop-savvy, futuristic, young, going places. Before they were well-known in Asheville, the electro-pop band made a name for itself at vampire conventions. In fact, says that for the March, 2011 EyeCon The Vampire Diaries, “The first musical guest to be announced is The Nova Echo.” The group (Caleb Hanks, Evan Bradford, Will Arledge, Matt Hixon, Lee Brooks and Jeremy London) recently released its sophomore album, Voyager, which can be downloaded for free or donation at

Sonmi Suite
Experimental, atmospheric, driving, practiced, complex, impeccable. Sonmi Suite (David Mathes, Mike McBride and Robert Garmhausen) has one of the coolest-ever websites on which all of the features (music, photos, blog) are included along with motor assembly, oxygen tanks and ventilation garments on two fully diagrammed astronauts. Hard to top this self-description: “Through their synonymous awareness of harmony, texture, meter, (a)symmetry and the analogous relationship of predictability and unpredictability, they were immediately able to create music that smeared multiple genres together, creating a gyroscope of emotions throughout their sets.” More at

Prolific, proficient, innovative, introspective, timeless, cinematic. Dep is the recording name of producer/one-man-band Danny Peck. His compositions are “a blend of techniques involving digital/analogue sounds, field recordings, circuit bending and basic sequencing all wrapped up in to melodic explorations in electronica,” but the compelling beauty of his work shares as much, aesthetically, with harpsichords and violins as with synthesizers and Moogerfoogers. Check out Dep’s most recent release, My Quiet Life, and his other free, downloadable tracks, at
Alli Marshall

Asheville Electronics / Paper Tiger CD Release @ Orange Peel

On January 15, 2011, The Orange Peel hosts “Asheville Electronics,” a night of music celebrating four notable Asheville-area groups: Paper Tiger, Sonmi Suite, the Nova Echo, and dep. As one of the few locally-driven shows The Orange Peel holds each year, don’t miss the opportunity to take in some of the most innovative bands Asheville’s music scene has to offer. This show also acts as Paper Tiger’s local CD release. Doors open at 8:00 pm, music starts promptly at 8:30. The Orange Peel is located at 101 Biltmore Ave, downtown Asheville NC. Cover is $5.

Paper Tiger
Since re-defining themselves as Paper Tiger, the electronic trip-hop duo formerly known as RubySlippers & MINGLE has been well received by crowds at Trinumeral 2009, opened a sold out show with UK producer Bonobo and opened for producer Mark Farina. They have hit their stride in creating original lounge/trip hop, opening shows for the likes of King Britt, NOMO, and Brooklyn electronic musician Eliot Lipp. They were featured in POPAsheville 2008 & 2009 as well as LAAFF (the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival) 2008 & 2010, and showcased at the MOOG Foundation CD Release party at the Orange Peel. Their song Folded Laundry is featured on Lunch Video Magazine #16. In 2008, they won the electronic category in the Earth Day Asheville Contest, and this Halloween, they played Asheville’s first MoogFest. Their debut LP (Me Have Fun) is set for release January 18th, 2011, this show is their local CD release party. The live band also features Dave Mathes on drums, Franklin Keel on cello and live visuals by Ben Mason of neb.cinema.

The Nova Echo
The Nova Echo is an electronically driven space-age rock/pop band from Asheville. At its core, the music has infectious pop origins but combines powerful guitars, ethereal synths, and complex vocal harmonies to create a space age, post rock sound. The band is made up of six individuals, all with their own unique backgrounds in music and performance. Hanks and Bradford handle front-man and guitar/synth duties respectively, while Will Arledge (guitar), Matt Hixon (bass), Lee Brooks (keys), and Travis Moss (drums) complete the band’s lineup. Their five song EP, entitled “Voyager”, was released last August. Find out more at

Sonmi Suite
Whether it’s recording samples in isolated tunnels, cutting up found sounds on an MPC, programming analog synths, or layering unorthodox guitar and drum sounds, Sonmi Suite creates sounds that are sure to open the imagination of any audience. The enigmatic band has entertained audiences at Trinumeral 2009, and shared other regional electronic festivals with artists such as Bonobo, Pnuma Trio, Glitch Mob, BlueTech, Two Fresh, and Emancipator. By performing indulgently rhythmic collages of sound with virtually no pre-sequence, their virtuosic performance of multiple sound layers creates a much sought-after human edge to the live electronic genre. Find out more at

Opening will be electronic music producer dep. dep is the one-man act of Danny Peck who blends field recordings and analogue gadgetry in to rich, multi-layered and textured tapestries of what he calls “melodic electronica.” On stage, he drives live keys, effect racks, loop stations, vocals, and other toys to produce his unique and compelling sound. This show is on the heels of dep’s last EP release “My Quiet Life,” released freely at (along with the rest of his music).

For more information:

Asheville Electronics / Paper Tiger CD Release

Paper Tiger CD Release Party – Asheville Electronics Show Announced!

We’ve just announced our local CD release party … just days before the national release date!!  Saturday, January 15th, a Paper Tiger is joined by Sonmi Suite, The Nova Echo and dep for a night of Asheville Electronic bands … and the kick-off of Me Have Fun!  Orange Peel – stay tuned for more info!