Papir
7


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
January 14th, 2022 | 15 replies


Release Date: 01/14/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Papir meets Hammock...

Papir is one of those bands that keeps pushing boundaries, always searching for new sounds to expand upon. As expected, 7 finds the Danish psychedelic rock trio resuming their journey towards blissful sonic plateaus. This latest LP owes considerably to the softer side of 2017’s gorgeous epic V, acting as a starting point. Each effort allowed more room for instruments to breathe, as the band adopted the less is more tactic. At the same time, the jazzy and stoner influences were gently put in the background during the past few years, further diminishing the chance to repeat themselves.

The opening odyssey, ‘7.1’ is definitely the centerpiece, carefully unfolding over its 19-minute span. Post rock aesthetics seem to be the latest ambition for Papir, building up a dense atmosphere through effects-laden chords. The drums and bass act as an anchor for them, despite wandering on their own as well. One would expect riffs to appear, however, the guys steered clear of them. Instead, the track gradually slows down, giving way to a droning synth and beautiful guitar leads. These meander for minutes on end, until sweet melodies start blooming over them. The relaxing nature of all the careful embellishments make for a refreshing listen. Meanwhile, ‘7.2’ follows with a bass groove that grows into a more active section. The smooth, intertwining progressions maintain the overall breeziness with the greatest of ease. Then, ‘7.3’ reaches into ambient territory, reminiscing a soundtrack to a meditation or lazy mornings in bed. Layers of soft guitars and effects caress you with sugar sweet sonic beauty. Soon after, 7 comes to an end with the 4th part and its tom-oriented drumming, calm bass lines and lush solos. It’s essentially a continuation of the explored territories, complete with bits of everything you’ve heard so far. However, there is a lovely, comforting feeling in all the presented ideas. Sure, some harder hitting segments would have definitely enhanced the dynamics, especially for long time fans. Nevertheless, they are not mandatory, as Papir crafted such a delightful and soothing record.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2022


5690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A laid back record, not exactly what you would expect from them, but it's a sweet surprise.



'7.2' (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvy2mt86JQg

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2022


9569 Comments


Solid write-up, will definitely check this out.

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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2022


3822 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This looks sweet, will check!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2022


5690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Voivod

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2022


9569 Comments


^^Heard this on the fly last night, and it's as soothing as soothing can get.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2022


5690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I kind of enjoy this side of theirs more than the older stuff.

zaruyache
January 17th 2022


25179 Comments


this is on my todo lissst

BenThatsMyJamin
January 17th 2022


3917 Comments


Band is so good

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2022


5690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's nice to see how Papir and Causa Sui have evolved along the years. They had similar output at some point, but now they are drifting apart.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2022


28019 Comments


They really killed it with those song titles, gotta check, the last one was good.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2022


5690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, pure genius.

Project
January 18th 2022


5416 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

never listened to this band and I may or may not have checked them out because Hammock was in the summary -- this is really lovely. Definitely will be giving this more spins this year. Great writeup insomniac

zaruyache
January 19th 2022


25179 Comments


you should always cheq hammock-relevant music tho :--]

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2022


5690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Project. Hammock is one of the more popular ambient groups on this site, I used them to attract some attention to this album. Not many people know about Papir and the ambient parts on this album remind me of Hammock.

jemaiseyeti
January 24th 2022


197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty nice album!



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