FlyPaper – FlyPaper (CD)

The guitar work is what will immediately bring listeners in to FlyPaper’s self-titled release. The titular track is the perfect introduction to the band, as this guitar is found alongside a rich and emotive set of vocals and utterly on point drum work. Taken together, what listeners will find is something unique, while still touching upon blues and rock. Is It Just Me slows things down, and allows FlyPaper to add considerably to their bag of tricks.

The track touches upon the jam band genre, all while adding bits of a Jane’s Addiction or “Paranoid Android”-era Radiohead to their sound. Blackwater strips things down to their component parts, including guitars that look back to the blues tradition. Tying these guitars to the overall FlyPaper sound provides a great deal of momentum – listeners will be eagerly anticipating the rest of the album. Circuitry is a wholly new track – there are hints of surf music, The Police, and even 311 to be heard during the five-minute runtime.

This longer runtime would typically turn listeners off from any band that attempted it, but FlyPaper is talented enough to make a track that will have listeners hanging on every note. FlyPaper continues to buck trends in popular music by keeping the quality level of the tracks on FlyPaper consistent; Any Minute is the first track on the second half of the album, and the band’s meandering guitar / drum dynamic keeps things flowing nicely. FlyPaper ends the disc in a similar fashion; It’s Gonna Rain pushes the vocals to the fore. With the narrative aspect entrusted to these vocals, listeners are taken on a journey before the disc spins to a close.

Top Tracks: Is It Just Me, Spoonful of Sugar

Rating: 8.4/10

FlyPaper – FlyPaper (CD) / 2012 Self / 10 Tracks /

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