The Paper Kites ‘On The Corner Where You Live’ Out Now + New Music Video
September 24, 2018 BY Nettwerk
Last Friday, indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites released On the Corner Where You Live, the Australian band’s melancholic, mid-tempo companion to On the Train Ride Home.
Give them your tired, your lonely, your lovesick, your unsure, The Paper Kites have a song for each of them on this latest album. On the Corner Where You Live wafts evocatively with noir-ish saxophones, guitars, ambient traffic, even the languid sound of rain. It’s levitating and bittersweet, heavy-hearted stories that are resoundingly universal.
To celebrate the release, the band drops a gorgeous music video to accompany “Give Me Your Fire, Give Me Your Rain.” The track is a deeply special album cut and has been presented alongside a thoughtful, heady clip, directed by Drew Wilson and edited by The Paper Kites’ own frontman Sam Bentley. “I was really happy to be able to edit this clip myself,” says Sam. “I always have a clear idea of what a song should look like once it’s been written, and it was great to have a hand in bringing that vision to life.” The clip depicts all kinds of humans co-existing in the depths of the city; under television light, streetlamps and subway fluorescents and is a fascinating yet meditative study of these enigmatic city-dwellers. “I actually didn’t have to do much editing at all, I just took Drew’s footage and cut it up and it worked really nicely – it looked like how the songs felt to me. It’s all handheld, pretty raw and rough, and there’s nothing fancy about it at all – just normal people – but there’s something about it that feels romantic. He really captured the feeling of the album so well.”
The album is co-produced with Grammy-winner Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) at his studio in Connecticut – a 120-year old Victorian-era home that the band lived and recorded in for 5 weeks. Bentley spoke of the moment the album’s concept clicked together. “It’s a collection of stories about these characters all living in an apartment building; I wanted to capture moments, feelings, it’s about people and their stories.”
“Music is so much more purposeful and devastating when it makes you feel exposed,” adds Sam. Take latest single, “When It Hurts,” a harmonic lament about a man that’s been kicked out of his apartment for a lovers’ tiff, and he’s trying desperately to work out how to fix everything; it’s that moment where something’s gone wrong, an argument, you’re trying to fix and the world is watching.
Immersed in an aural diet of blues and jazz, the band collaborated with Los Angeles film-noir artist Gina Higgins on the album’s artwork, who also painted the cover for On The Train Ride Home and worked closely with the band on the concept.
On the Train Ride Home & On the Corner Where You Live follow up their 2015 album twelvefour. The Paper Kites (which also includes vocalist Christina Lacy, guitarist Dave Powys, drummer Josh Bentley and bassist Sam Rasmussen) have earned a loyal, organic fan base. In the eight years since they formed, what’s followed is an impressive reach of their music with standout single “Bloom” (from their Woodland EP) certified Gold in the U.S. The band has also been steadily touring across 4 continents, 24 countries with nearly 200 shows in just under 3 years. With over 300 million overall streams and nearly 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify, the band continues to amass new fans wherever they go. With the announcement of the latest album, the band returns to North America, starting November 6 in Los Angeles, CA. See full dates below.
For fans, the band will make both albums available as a deluxe double gold and silver colored limited edition vinyl, out October 5.
- A Gathering on 57th
- Give Me Your Fire, Give Me Your Rain
- Deep Burn Blue
- Mess We Made
- Red Light
- On the Corner Where You Live
- Midtown Waitress
- When It Hurts You
- Does It Ever Cross Your Mind
- Don’t Keep Driving
5-Nov Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
7-Nov San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
8-Nov San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
10-Nov Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
11-Nov Seattle, WA @ Neumos
12-Nov Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
13-Nov Victoria, BC @ Capitol Ballroom
15-Nov Calgary, AB @ Palace Theatre
16-Nov Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
17-Nov Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub
18-Nov Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
20-Nov St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Ball & Hall
21-Nov Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
22-Nov Toronto, ON @ Opera House
23-Nov Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
24-Nov London, ON @ London Music Hall
26-Nov Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
27-Nov Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
28-Nov Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
30-Nov New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
1-Dec Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for additional information.