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Calhoun

Paperweights EP

(Paperweights; US: 22 Oct 2013; UK: 22 Oct 2013)

As pop music goes, the six songs on this Calhoun EP are the culinary equivalent of puffy pastries: tasty, but rather insubstantial. There are better tracks on their older albums, such as “Kick Drum Mind” off of their eponymous album or “Horsefeathers” off of Heavy Sugar. The best track on this new EP is “Trapped”, a slow-burn that builds to a wordless singalong. Lead singer Tim Locke has the high and forlorn pop sound down pat, sounding not a little like Guster’s Ryan Miller, capable of the same moody tension. There’s no doubt that the band has some promise, given the melodic chops demonstrated on “Reap/Sow”, with its catchy chorus, and “Paperweights”, with its indelible synthpop.

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Taylor Coe currently works in academic publishing and spends most of his free time trolling the Internet for music and film reviews, along with digesting unhealthy amounts of television. He has an affinity for Townes Van Zandt and other like-minded Texan singer-songwriters, not to mention a borderline-worrisome obsession with the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. In the ninth grade, his most-played song of all time may or may not have been "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates. Years later, he finds this somewhat embarrassing - which is not unlike his feelings for lots of other things about ninth grade.


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