Last night, as I made my way home from a show featuring covers of many 90s legends, the song that played in my head wasn’t from Radiohead or Nirvana, it was Paper Streets’ “Murmur”. Paper Streets is a four piece band hailing originally from Jackson, NJ. Their latest four song EP, Souvenirs, pulls sounds from a number of places including the post-punk of Interpol and the dreaminess of The Cure.
The opening track, “Murmur”, is simply put, stunning. The song opens with a pensive guitar line that somehow straddles the line between melancholy and cheery; shortly thereafter, the drums are brought right to the front of the mix followed by a short and bouncy synth that adds to the songs ethereal vibe. The track is very much in the vein of The Cure. I know it’s as premature as it gets, but chalk “Murmur” down as one of the best songs of 2015.
The EP charges on in a more aggressive fashion but still retains the dreaminess of its opening track. The third song, “Straight Lines”, opens up with a guitar line that brings to mind Silversun Pickups’ “Lazy Eye”, but then dips its toes into post-hardcore territory with shouty vocals, all the while, maintaining a good sense of melody.
Closing the album is the subdued “While We Were Tired…”, the song’s powered by a steady drum beat that starts off in the distance and gradually finds its way to the forefront; restrained vocals and a somber guitar line matched by whirring synths give the song a ghostly quality. It’s a track that evokes the sounds of Modest Mouse.
Paper Streets’ EP Souvenirs is definitely worth your while. The album as a whole is fantastic, and the opening track “Murmur” is as good as it gets.
Speak Into My Good Eye is now pleased to host the exclusive premiere of “Straight Lines” off of the Souvenirs EP by Paper Streets out January 2nd, 2015.