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The Essex Green with Paper Castles

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Collective Arts Brewing Presents
The Essex Green
with Paper Castles


The Essex Green (VT)
Fans will recognize The Essex Green’s signature sound in this work, their first since 2006's Cannibal Sea: stacks of harmonies, upbeat melodies telling melancholy tales, layers of keys and sparkling Telecasters. Their time-honored custom of fusing obsession with spontaneity has been refined through experience and wisdom.
Hardly Electronic explores the evolution of old friendships, the sadness of losing touch, the inadequacies of technology, and finally, the desire for reconnection with songs like “Bye Bye Crow” and “Slanted by Six.” Themes of connectivity for the online generation are on display in the war cry chorus of “Don’t Leave It in Our Hands,” while songs like “Bristol Sky” and “January Says” hint at how the same technology-connected culture can create division and distance, even in the most personal of relationships. On the flip side, the wonders of technology (and jumbo jets) made the recording possible. With Chris and Jeff in Vermont and Sasha living in Montana, finding ways to work together was challenging. The result is classic Essex Green sonic diversity.

Paper Castles (Burlington, VT)
Acceptionalism is the third album from Vermont's Paper Castles, out April 13, 2018 on Acceptional Records. 

The first single ‘First Blush’ is basically about growing up, losing your virginity, being alone in a crowd, aging out, and getting over it. A lot of the record is variations on this theme, thus the title: Acceptionalism.

Paper Castles is the ongoing project of songwriter Paddy Reagan and an ever-evolving list of contributors. The first recordings (Paper Castles EP and Bleating Heart) were darker, somber, simpler songs written on the heels of discovering musicians like Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten. Released in 2013, Vague Era found Reagan and company exploring the space where soundscapes and rock songs intersect. 

Acceptionalism was, for the most part, recorded in eight hours by Ryan Power at Stu Stu Studio in Colchester, VT in May 2016 and mixed by Urian Hackney at The Box in Burlington, VT in late 2017. The intervening 18 months were filled with periodic overdubs in Reagan’s living room, alternate mixes and second guesses. Paper Castles' current line up is Paddy Reagan (vocals/guitar), Brennan Mangan (drums/keys/vocals), Wren Kitz (guitar), and Liz Stafford (bass/vocals).

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