The Paper Kites have been a close favorite of mine ever since they released “Bloom” from the Woodland EP in July 2011. I first heard it by coming across their brilliant video for the song, which now has over 4 million plays on YouTube. Sure, it’s sappy, but it flows beautifully and aesthetically with the track, accurately depicting that journey and desire to being with the person you love. They didn’t stop there. Their video for “Featherstone” captured two rustic tribes of children in the forest, who journeyed through the woods to reach the “battleground” for an epic pillow fight. That video has gathered over 3 million views since 2011. In one way or another, the band has captured elements of artistic purity and freedom in their videos. Whether it’s freedom in dancing down the middle of a dirt road or a man who finds pure joy in crafting giant bubbles, The Paper Kites have been able to capture some amazing moments to compliment their music. The same goes without saying when describing their latest release. In the video for “Young,” directed by Darcy Prendergast, Oh Yeah Wow took seven days to photograph more than 350 people. Then, over 4,000 photos were cut together in ten days to create this masterpiece:
Vision + time / work + persistence = art. Or at least that’s my takeaway. The reaction goes without saying, but if you liked the song, there’s more where that came from. The Paper Kites released their new album, States, in August. They worked with producer Wayne Connolly, recording at the famous Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne and Connolly’s studio at Alberts Music in Sydney. Proving the amount of work that went into the project, the album was cut down from over 40 demos. Get your copy by clicking on the Amazon links to the left or on the album art below.
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC