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08 April, 2013

Paper Dolls - Quietly Killed

Paper Dolls - Quietly Killed (song review) |self-released, DILF Parade, 2012| 3/5

American duo Matthew 'Sosam' Banks and Ramon 'Saysong' Madera founded Paper Dolls in 2012. Despite the young age of the band, the musicians have recorded two albums so far - DILF Parade which is still available for a free download, and the recently released, Here's To Getting On With It: Part One. Beyond that the band publishes new songs weekly, appearing to either be following the new Indie DIY business method or simply enjoying their own creativity.

"Quietly Killed" was released on DILF Parade. The song is built upon repetitive and simplified arrangements and falls into a Punk genre definition. However, there's some duality in Paper Dolls’ music. The seemingly airy, chaotic and hallucinatory mood of the song results from solid calculation. While a dirty guitar continuously fills the entire track (with a few solos), the bass and drums work well together keeping the listener focused on a tense but jumping rhythm. The musicians are tight and perform very well together on this composition.

Most of Paper Dolls’ songs including "Quietly Killed" could be compared to early 80s music, presented by such bands as Sex Pistols, Joy Division, The Pixies, Sonic Youth and The Smiths. There are also echoes of Talking Heads when it comes to the vocals, performed in an "I'm high, I'm nervous and I'm lost" frame of mind, delivered by a fragile man.

On the downside, quality still matters. Apparently, a mastering concept chosen was to make "Quietly Killed" sound gritty. Sadly, only its quality feels lowered. As a result, the song fractures when played on a generic, domestic audio playback device. EQ settings may need adjustment to avoid buzzing and other harmonic distortion. Undoubtedly the cost of professional mastering may seem too expensive for the average musician, but good quality mastering can let a song keep its 'garage-like' quality without making it sound poor. Since Paper Dolls may have a chance to become a New Artist Discovery, hopefully they can find a way to cover such an expense through fundraising possibilities.

This band hasn't played any shows yet but it seems the musicians are looking to match opportunities. Be sure to visit their Reverbnation and Jango pages for fresh updates.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, April 5th, 2013. Proofreading: SanDeE)

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Reviewed by Fabryka Music Magazine