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Reviewed by Finn McLennan-Elliott

Paper Cranes: The Road Home

Reviewed by Finn McLennan-Elliott

Paper Cranes: The Road Home

Traversing the line between pop and folk can be a delicate business any band. Often completely different audiences, the music can fall awkwardly in neither camp. ‘The Road Home’ sits in both as a thoughtfully written folk album and as singalong pop, meaning that Paper Cranes have navigated this issue well. Fans of the Auckland-based duo/band will be very happy after the wait since their 2012 EP ‘Oh Love’. A hauntingly spacious arrangement of the American traditional song In The Pines is a highlight, shining light on the pinpoint harmonies of Fraser and Naomi Browne. This juxtaposition of their vocals is the icing on well-crafted lyrics and a thoughtfully arranged album. Guest musicians feature on each track, the additional instruments carefully placed within the mix, leaving Trouble Is almost untouched, and perfect for it. No surprise in the quality of the recording, done over four days at Roundhead Studios by Nic Manders, who also added his musical talents to many of the tracks on the album. The first full length from Paper Cranes, three years after their debut EP, proves well worth the wait, each song deserving a long pondered listen.