It’s safe to say that the indie rock scene at the moment is probably at the biggest it’s ever been. PaperWolf are here to just prove that even more. The power trio from the south of London already have quite a good discography under their sleeves. The new EP “Talk About It” is a collage of all the colourful things that the band bring together to make them PaperWolf. Released on 26th October, let’s talk about… Talk About It.
Instantly from the get go, “Do the Right Thing” has that raw indie London sound. Camden’s music scene sounds just like this. You can smell the London air from the fumes of this track (in the best possible way.) The track is rather short but definitely involves all the great aspects of a true indie piece. The harmonies blanket the main vocals in a warmth, comforting way, making us as the audience feel calm. Some parts of the track feel a bit rushed, but I think the adrenaline glowing from the composition just covers all the track for pure enjoyment throughout.
Crazily enough, the verse began with what I thought was David Byrne singing. The track really does have that Talking Heads feel from the vocal arrangements. As for the actual music part of things, it gets quite repetitive and predictable. Feeling like it doesn’t have anywhere near as much adrenaline as the first track does, this is just “The Way We Feel.” Saying that, the subject of the song is never really introduced, they’re simply just listing off the way they feel which is actually kind of clever, making us as the audience think “what and why are they FEELING these things?”
“Danny Slow Down” has more roughness to it, as the guitar chugging and repeated vocal hook line indicate that this is influenced by punk rock. Half way through, the track changes to a higher key creating another path for the track. The key change feels slightly more pop orientated which isn’t a surprise as Ronald Maas (bassist/vocalist) has always been a pop songwriter, I reviewed his EP “Aries” back in 2018. In conclusion, the track is fun and reminds me ever so slightly of the aura that “Johnny B. Goode” always delivers when playing it back after all these years.
The final track on the EP is “Get Away” which has a subtle guitar effect that sounds inspired by the 80’s music scene bands such as; The Cure and The Smiths. The lyrics get straight to the point of feeling forced to get away from a certain situation. The music really implicates that too, it’s somewhat unwelcoming. It can either go two ways with putting a track like “Get Away” as the final track of an EP as it could leave the audience not feeling welcome OR is a clever artistry position as PaperWolf are showing that this is “the end.” In my eyes, it’s definitely the second option and a clever way to finish a great EP.
Favourite Tracks: Do The Right Thing, The Way We Feel, Get Away