Paper Bird (Album Release) w/ He's My Brother She's My Sister
also: CHIMNEY CHOIR
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Since the band's formation in 2007, Paper Bird has been playing its joyful blend of indie folk, blue-eyed soul, and rock to delighted audiences nationwide. The current lineup includes Mark Anderson (drums), Sarah Anderson (vocals, trumpet), Carleigh Aikens (vocals), Paul DeHaven (guitar), Genevieve Patterson (vocals, keys), and Caleb Summeril (bass, guitar, banjo). Everyone writes for the group, and there is no leader. Paper Bird’s live performances showcase the group’s diversity and good-time vibe. Their rare and beautiful approach to music has led them to be featured on NPR's All Things Considered, in a New York Times story about up and coming Denver bands, and most recently listed in Paste Magazine's Top 10 Colorado Bands to Watch.
If you have yet to catch He’s My Brother She’s My Sister live, come see why they have been called “delightfully original” (Indieshuffle) and “forward thinking folkies forging new ground”(New Times).
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister is like a time warp to the golden present, wrapping nostalgia around the here and now with throwback flair and good taste. They make debauchery and estrangement so glamorous. The songs are as catchy as a radio pop jam, but throw off the trappings of plastic pop and wrap you in fur, folk, and the last drops of moonlight. (LA Record, February 24, 2010)
[Their] voices mingle like glamour in the desert” and serve up “party music for coyotes drunk on champagne,” (LA Weekly).
“Their mojo (has) the power to heal the afflicted” (LA Deli Magazine).
Chimney Choir's new album, (compass), is music played on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and piano and sung in three part harmony. It is layered with electronic drones, field recordings, and conversational rhythms played on junk percussion. The songs were born on the road - it was sketched out, improvised, jammed, performed, scrapped, and reinvented over months of touring in the US, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. They were hashed out around campfires in between gigs, sung in the van during long stretches of driving, and tested in front of a new audience every night.
When the recording process started, the band wanted to capture a unique sonic character. The drums were tracked in an historic 1920's theater, they sang in a makeshift vocal booth in an urban carriage house, and retreated to the mountains for the finishing touches. They incorporated field recordings from Belgian train stations, Kris picked back up her childhood fiddle, and a new dimension was layered with the bass of Tom Plassmeyer. Their vision of bringing together acoustic and electronic sounds was developed while mixing with co-producer Jeremy Averitt (Princess Music, Clouds and Mountains.
(compass) was released over four months in a series of semi-theatrical performances at Leon Gallery in Denver, CO. Each monthly performance investigated a cardinal direction in hope to 'find the compass.' The performances were inspired by minimalist Fringe theater, where production was suggested or even imaginary. The shows experimented with sound collage, storytelling, puppetry, dance, and ritual. They lit candles, burned incense, and painted their faces. "We're establishing dreamlike environments where the audience can't really tell the show from reality after a certain point." Rynhart said of the performances. The final episode took place on June 23rd with the full release of (compass). The album was 'found' during a mock game show within a show at an antique warehouse near Denver's Valverde neighborhood, built on an old farm site that was once known for producing the world's best celery.
Comparisons have been as far flung as Harry Nilson, The Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Incredible String Band, Kurt Weill, and David Bowie. The band is currently working on a multi-media performance art show centered around the discovery of an inter-dimensional communication device. There are also plans to release an acoustic folk album and rumors of a collaboration with Wonderbound, the experimental ballet company based in Denver. One thing is for certain - Chimney Choir squints into the future because it is so bright.
"Denver-based Chimney Choir is more than just a group of talented multi-instrumentalists looking to evoke an old-timey sound. They are an artistic oddity; a unique homemade collage of sound. Yes, they have the usual roots laced deep in the soil of Americana and folk, though, the character of their melodic folk sound hinges largely on a skillful balancing of freaky vocal interplay with computer synths, traditional acoustics and kitchen sink percussion. Original, catchy and ripe with a strangely warm and welcoming aesthetic"
- Flagstaff LIVE (March, 2013)
Kevin Larkin - mandolin, samples, percussion, harmonica, accordion, synth, vocals
Kris Drickey - banjo, keyboards, guitar, violin, percussion, vocals
David Rynhart - guitar, flute, piano, percussion, vocals
Carl Sorensen - shakers, bottles, cans, random metal objects
Tom Plassmeyer - bass