What I would want to do, generally, with any good rock album, would be to talk about the basics, ‘the drummer makes this album what it is, and the guitarist is so creative and spot-on, and the vocals are so refreshing and’ blah blah blah. I can’t do that this time, because this wonderful rock band is one man.
You would have never guessed that PaperSailor’s new self-titled EP is, quite simply, Scotland’s Michael Wilson. The five-song EP has gotten a lot of spins in my office. I’m very impressed. Rock music isn’t my thing. I always have an open mind, have a listen, and if I find something interesting enough about it, I’ll review it, and then move on. PaperSailor’s EP is a rarity in the fact that I did my job and gave it a chance, but now that I’m reviewing it, I’m still not done with it.
The only aspect of the record that made me believe or understand that this could be a one-man band, is that the song structures are a bit unusual and surprising. Perhaps that’s what kept my interest in the first place. In a band, you have several ideas floating around the room about the simplest things like ‘what do we do on the bridge for track 3’. And then everyone decides on something and then they have to execute in a certain way which may or may not be agreed upon. Michael Wilson only has to connect and stay in tune with Michael Wilson. That’s why, I believe, this record is so unique, and quite enjoyable!
LoveSound Rating – 7/10
Favorite Tracks – ‘Vaudeville’ & ‘Little Miss This’
PaperSailor – https://papersailor.bandcamp.com/