The Paperhead - Chew LP
The Paperhead have been Nashville''s best-kept secret for years now. The trio have crafted three albums of psych-pop perfection, last leaving us with 2014''s "Africa Avenue". They return in fine form with their fourth magnum opus, entitled "Chew". Having been lifelong fans of psychedelia & prog rock, They''ve found a way to straddle four decades of music. Rather than committing the cardinal sin of many modern acts by drenching everything in reverb, "Chew" revels in clarity & melody - the listener finds themselves disoriented by the jarring juxtaposition of styles, rather than gimmicky studio trickery. This was purposeful, as the band wanted "Chew" to seem like criss-crossing AM radio broadcasts. Melodic psych-pop drifts up against crunchy, progressive riffs and good ol'' steel-guitar driven country rock, but it all works. The album''s centerpiece "Dama de Lavanda" is perhaps their most accomplished composition to date, with it''s breezy latin rhythms - it swings with an assuredness unseen from the band as yet. Horns & flutes pepper the mix, but it''s the Bacharach-meets-Pretty Things outro that really hits a home run. The obvious peak of an album crackling with ideas & creativity. "Chew" was recorded by the band in bassist Peter Stringer-Hye''s garage studio in Nashville & mixed by Cooper Crain (Bitchin'' Bajas, Cave) at Chicago''s Minbal Studios. "Chew" is released on compact disc & black vinyl, and includes a download code.