Melbourne’s hauntingly beautiful Paper House celebrate the release of their brand new album A certain Kind of Now. Renowned for their ability to play with genres, presenting a dynamic live display that melds pop sensibilities with improvised unpolished moments, their debut album encapsulates exactly this.
To launch the album Paper House will collaborate with projection artist Freya Pitt to create immersive visuals using liquid light and the enigmatic and talented Georgia Fields on Saturday 19 November at The Grace Darling in Collingwood.
How does the album making process begin for you?
It begins with fragments of melodies and ideas that pop into my head which I record on my phone to revisit later. When the mood takes me I sift through these fragments to see what resonates with me and I start building up songs digitally on Logic. Sometimes ideas will just come from mucking around on instruments, I often find new ideas and forms of creativity by playing with new instruments I am less familiar with too.
What were the driving forces behind this record?
A certain kind of now is definitely driven by our experiences living in a cramped one-bedroom apartment amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. The imagery was inspired by gritty city scenes and being constantly surrounded by people but trying to find your own unique narrative and meaning in the world. It’s also about finding those rare but beautiful moments in the darkened corners.
Where did you record and why did you choose that location?
We are fortunate that our guitarist Al is also a recording engineer, so we found Tender Trap Studio as it has great gear and we could just be left to our own devices to record the album ourselves. It was a really great process as we could work on the album between home (recording in our bedroom) and the studio so we were constantly developing new ideas.
Do you write the music or the lyrics first?
Melodies come first and the lyrics are formed around them. Sometimes certain lyrics will inform how the song develops or key points within the song, though, so it’s not always a perfect formula.
Favourite song title from the release and how did the title come about?
My favourite title is actually the title of the album – A certain kind of now. I was working with a Canadian artist called Jeff Wall who when asked what summed up his work struggled to find a way to describe it and just said, ‘I guess it is a certain kind of now’. It’s how I feel about our album and our sound which is hard to pin down to a particular genre, it is just a pure reflection of the breadth of sounds that influence us and narrative about contemporary life in the city.
How long generally recording sessions and what times of the day or night do you prefer to create music? Do you find different impact the sound and vibe?
I write a lot at night time or weekends. Definitely, some of the songs are inspired by the climate and atmosphere at the time, Stepping Fox in particular was written in the dead of winter night and the whole song sounds broody and cold when I listen back now.
How many different album titles were under consideration?
To be honest the title of the album resonated with us so greatly that there weren’t ever really any other albums titles in the race!
At what stage of the process do you start considering the album artwork?
For us, visuals are a large part of our shows and our sound so we wanted something that made a bit of a statement and had been working on it for some time – looking at it now it seems somewhere between the Beatles White album and a Kandinsky painting.
Favourite moment in the studio?
We were tired after a long day and decided to do one extra take for fun, some type of magic happened and this one take became our recording of Black of the Notes that ended up on the record.
If you could describe your record in three words, how would you describe it?
Haunting. Dark. Beauty.
PAPER HOUSE – A Certain Kind of Now Single Launch
Saturday 19 November – The Grace Darling, Collingwood
With Georgia Fields and Freya Pitt
Tickets available: thegracedarlinghotel.com.au