Albums, Music, The Revue — March 11, 2015 at 7:20 am

Planes on Paper – “The Ruins”

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Planes on Paper-The Ruins“Goodness speaks in a whisper,” according to an old proverb. The power of a whisper – intimate and personal – is that it requires you to pause and absorb the private message spoken to an audience of one. Such is the music of Planes on Paper, an acoustic folk duo from Washington state.

On their latest EP, The Ruins, released in January, Navid Eliot (guitar, vocals) and Jen Borst (vocals, artwork) create melodic harmonies gentle as rainfall and warm as glowing embers. The candlelit intimacy of their songs evokes a whispered secret. Backed by the precision of Navid’s acoustic guitar, their intertwining vocals and meticulous phrasing complement their lyrical poetry. The Ruins is a trio of songs to be savored in tranquil moments.

The standout track, “Iron Boat”, is a wistful ballad that reveals greater nuances with each repeated listen. The synergy between Navid and Jen that is evident throughout the EP is enhanced here with the addition of pedal steel, flute and percussion. It is not often that a song arrests my attention with its stark simplicity mere seconds after hearing it, but this track certainly did. It remains captivating after a few dozen listens, with a beautifully haunting melody that lingers in the memory long after the last note has played.

On the opening track, “Monoliths”, they ask, “Is it all the same in the modern age?” They themselves provide the answer: no, everything is not the same. In a modern age where indie folk groups with male/female harmonies are as common as a Starbucks on every corner, Planes on Paper offer an organic alternative, refreshing in its artistry.

Planes on Paper’s songs can be streamed and purchased on their website, iTunes, and Amazon. The tracks are also below. In addition, you’ll find “Day Alone” from their debut EP, The East End.

Website: www.planesonpaper.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/planesonpaper
Twitter: @PlanesOnPaper

 

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