If you’re looking for a fantastic mix of blues and rock accompanied by impressive guitar riffs and bass lines reminiscent of John Entwistle and Andy Fraser then look no further. Paper Dogs latest EP The Lost Art Of Conversation is nothing short of brilliant.
The first track “Rabbit Hole”, which is my personal favourite, brings you into the music straight away. The impressive guitar intro made it incredibly apparent that this music was going to be right up my street. The lead vocals are strong and husky, kind of a grittier Kings of Leon. The drumming and bass throughout perfectly accompany one another and do not get lost behind the lead guitar.
“Social Animals” starts off very differently to “Rabbit Hole”. It seems much more of a slowed down ballad type whilst keeping that heavy tone we heard in the previous song. The lyrics ‘Let’s destroy each other, for the sake of art. Let’s take something beautiful and tear it apart…’ seem very melancholic. The lyrics throughout this EP would almost look like a complex poem written down. With the emotive lyrics alongside the flawless music, what’s not to like?
The third song “Afterglow” kept up the quality the last two songs demonstrated. There were real undertones of Hush by Kula Shaker with aspects of 70s funk and 80s rock. I did feel, however, there was an awful lot going on throughout. There a range of genres explored but I felt the song somewhat struggled to find its own identity as opposed to others on the EP. The highlight of this track for me though was the section about 2 minutes in that instantly had me thinking of Pink Floyd’s Shine on You Crazy Diamond. It was a brilliant way to break up the song and give the listener a chance to take everything in.
Throughout the final track, “Always’” I was constantly reminded of Pink Floyd’s Money until three quarters of the way through there was an incredible homage to Led Zeppelin’s iconic intro to Rock and Roll. The guitar is the staple of this entire EP. It is at the forefront and is incredibly memorable.
This is an EP that you will want to listen to over and over as it just gets better with each listen. Whilst the lead guitar is very prominent throughout, every single aspect of this EP is excellent. The heavy, funk-like bass and the drumming that could easily be compared to the likes of Neil Peart makes this an easy listen. Definitely put The Lost Art of Conversation at the top of your playlist.