Coming from Brighton, Paper Hawk are an alternative folk duo that sounds too good and too natural. Merging elements from so many of our favorite acts (Ben Howard and Daughter just to name two), their songs ask for loud volume. So they can properly get deep in our ears and soul. Their first two songs, Trails and Written In the Lines are the best way to convince you of their folk power.
When you first hit play on Trails you get smashed by the instrumental intensity and the vocal depth. Paper Hawk takes a bit of what we like so much in Ben Howard in what respects to the acoustic depth. But also takes a lot from the lyrical and vocal intensity. The duet is gentle at times, and at others emerges quite clearly. But through it, all the guitar always sounds like a third voice. Trails is the perfect introduction to all that. Gorgeous and irresistible, and above all, gently intense.
Written In The Lines is another great and deep folk track. The gorgeous guitar chords that antecipate the male vocals (now the highlight) are once again mesmerizing and hooking. The way to the song varies and grows into an also very catchy chorus is again natural and powerful. And as the song goes on we can feel how it builds up on cadence and instrumentally. Layer upon layer, feeling upon feeling. An intimate wonder and a song that even provides us with the appropriate space to breathe for a while.
The two songs were released in the beggining of the month and are part of their debut EP The Tide. One we are already consider featuring in the best of the year. For more on Paper Hawk you should follow them on the links below: