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: http://papertigerband.bandcamp.com/track/this-time-around-original-mix
happy rainy tuesday … here’s a FREE TUNE to brighten your day … sweet new remix by Scoundrel
It’s that time already … The Mountain XPress’ ‘Best of WNC’ … of course, you should vote us BEST ELECTRONIC … please.
It’s true … we’re there … you can stream the entire album “Me Have Fun” HERE!! Add some tunes to your favorite playlist, share with your friends … GO ;)
Paper Tiger — Me Have Fun (Boy Girl Recordings)
An eclectic blend of trip-hop, Shirley Bassey/Bond theme and lounge jazz, the Asheville duo makes late-night mood music for the louche and lovelorn alike. The duo blend synth textures, samples and processed beats with just enough organic elements — ringing guitar notes, double-tracked vocals, shuffling percussion — to tilt toward soulful intimacy rather than, say, Portishead’s creeping existentialism or Beth Orton’s summery trip-folk. The duo link longer songs with instrumental or vocal snippets, creating an album-long dream-scape of cocktail cool. (JS)
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Asheville electronica duo Paper Tiger plugs in for Orange Peel show
January 14, 2011
By Amy Jones – Asheville Citizen Times
Riding the wave of momentum from its jam-packed MoogFest performance, local electronica act Paper Tiger releases its new disc among friends Saturday night at The Orange Peel.
Combining the release of the album “Me Have Fun” with additional performances from Dep, Sonmi Suite and The Nova Echo, the voice of Paper Tiger, Molly Kummerle, hopes this big night of music will spotlight the immense talent for locally made electronica.
“I only thought this was possible in a perfect world,” said Kummerle. “And then it just all came together. … The other bands were in, and this turned into a much bigger night.”
“I felt a huge amount of community support — so much love on a personal and professional level after MoogFest,” said Kummerle. “I mean, to be one of only five local bands on the bill with some of our heroes like Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation. It just made me want to raise the bar again for Paper Tiger.”
No stranger to the local music scene, Kummerle built a strong following with her jazzy ensemble Ruby Slippers before creating Paper Tiger with DJ Isaac Gottfried.
“By making the distinction between the two bands, really focusing on the sound of Paper Tiger, I can better serve Ruby Slippers, too,” said Kummerle.
This new disc took more than two years to finally come together, but the result — including the packaging — has been a lesson in letting go and letting others in.
“I was rushing at first to finish, and then it seemed like when it happens, we will be the band we are supposed to be,” Kummerle said. “
Paper Tiger takes the stage with a full live band, including Dave Mathes on drums, Franklin Keel on cello, Chuck Lichtenberger on melodica and live visuals by Ben Mason of neb.cinema.
IF YOU GO
Who: Paper Tiger with The Nova Echo, Sonmi Suite & Dep.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave.