After the success of their critically acclaimed 2012 EP ‘Where You Lay’, folk-indie duo The Paper Shades have now returned with their latest double A side single ‘Home/Strong’.
Drawing a strong influence from contemporary songwriters like Laura Marling and Angus and Julia Stone, The Paper Shades have managed to infuse the pop sensibilities of modern musical trends and an authentic sound to create one of the most engaging and fulfilling songs of the year so far.
The duo, Jon Rixon and Sarah Dollar, have spent the best part of the last few years touring their new material in preparation for their debut studio album, due out later this year.
Speaking about the new full-length and their choice to make ‘Home’ and ‘Strong’ the lead singles, the pair said, “We both like albums which are atmospheric and have a ‘sound- track’ type feel to them. We had this in mind whilst writing the album and when thinking about overall production. The first single ‘Home’ has a strong emphasis on rhythm and melody, it’s warm, full sound is balanced with space to evoke atmosphere… ‘Strong’ is the second single on the double A side and is one of the more intimate and emotive of the album tracks. The track has a more singer/songwriter feel to it with acoustic guitar at its core and showcases harmonies throughout.”
Backed up with an acoustic rendition of their track ‘The Lake’ on the b-side, ‘Home/Strong’ will be available from the 13th February via their new label Indie Kitchen Records, as a precursor to their latest string of UK tour dates, which can be seen below.
UK Tour Dates 2015
13/02 - Birdcage, Bristol
18/02 - Hubbox, Truro
19/02 - The Taphouse, St Agnes
21/02 - Phipps Albion Brewery, Northampton
25/02 - Prince Albert, Stroud
27/02 - The Islington, London