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Papir – ‘7’

Stickman Records
Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky
Release Date
Stickman Records
Ambient/Post Rock/Krautrock

Let’s get the obvious out of the way; this is a simply gorgeous album. If shafts of sunlight through the trees in a warm, lush forest made a sound as they touched the flowers on the forest floor, it would probably sound like this. In a similar vein to the band’s 2007 master work “V”, their more typically Stoner/Krautrock sound is evident, but well and truly in the background as amorphous and beguiling Eno-esque soundscapes soothe your troubles away

The Copenhagen trio don’t waste valuable thought on naming songs and albums; they are (almost) all sequential numbers. 7 has four tracks, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4. Coming in at just over the 40-minute mark, there is more than adequate space and time for the compositional ideas and motifs to develop. The overall essence of the piece is to build and decay, with melodies appearing magically from the mellow wash of chord structures only to fragment and disappear as if you never really heard them at all. In some sense reminiscent of Phillip Glass or Steve Reich at their most contemplative.

If a late-night chilled vibe is the thing you need right now, this is pretty much all you need. If you want to find some get up and go; well, try elsewhere. If you enjoy this, certainly check out the band’s back catalogue, their music ranges from riff-driven Stoner/Desert Rock, to epic experimental Krautrock jams with dazzling musicianship, to beautiful ambient dreamscapes such as this.

"Very, very good at what it does, but it does pretty much one thing from beginning to end"

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