The Paper Kites Release New Track “Till The Flame Turns Blue”
April 7, 2023 BY Danielle Romeo
Australian indie folk-rock outfit THE PAPER KITES have unveiled a second offering from their upcoming ‘At The Roadhouse’ project: “Till The Flame Turns Blue”.
A prime example of the shining folk/pop that has earned them fans the world-over, “Till The Flame Turns Blue” sees the five-piece fusing lilting indie/americana arrangements with the kind of sentimental storytelling that will stop you in your tracks. “But we were born in the moonlight baby, In the fire of a silver stream, So maybe we could just, We could burn until the flame turns blue” coos frontman Sam Bentley, his tender vocal surrounded by a soothing, multi-layered soundscape of pedal steels, hammond organs, gauzy guitars, and gospel-like backing vocals. Capturing The Paper Kites’ keen ability for melding magical folk-rock melodies with lyrics that shimmer and sting like long-forgotten memories rising to the surface, “Till The Flame Turns Blue” makes for a hymnal, soul-balming addition to their repertoire.
Also out today, the single arrives with a smouldering live performance video from The Roadhouse venue. Directed by cinematographer Keiran Watson-Bonnice, you can tune in here: https://youtu.be/rdH2mBF3CLs
Written by Sam and produced alongside Matt Redlich, the track was mastered by Grammy Award-winning duo Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone (MGMT, Yo La Tengo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
“Till The Flame Turns Blue” is a second look into The Paper Kites’ upcoming ‘At The Roadhouse’ project, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2021 album ‘Roses’. In the winter of July 2022, the band performed an unannounced month-long residency in the small Victorian town of Campbells Creek, Australia while working on their sixth album. Locals and passersby stepped in from the cold, foggy air to find a warm crackling fire, crowded tables and booths and a dimly lit bar.
“We had talked about this for years” vocalist Sam Bentley explains, “We were drawn to the idea of holding up in a town somewhere and playing the evenings as a house band. The Roadhouse became this place for us.”
Expanding their line-up for the project, the five members of The Paper Kites recruited three extra musicians to make up their roadhouse band, including multi-instrumentalist Matt Dixon, pianist/percussionist Hannah Cameron and guitarist/percussionist Chris Panousakis.
Performances from The Roadhouse were filmed by cinematographer Keiren Watson-Bonnice and are set to be released with the upcoming singles. Watch the band’s dazzling performance of “Till The Flame Turns Blue” here.
Sam Bentley (Lead Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica & Mandolin)
Christina Lacy (Backing Vocals, Pianos, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Guitars)
David Powys (Backing Vocals, Guitars, Banjo)
Samuel Rasmussen (Bass)
Josh Bentley (Drums)
Hannah Cameron (Backing Vocals, Organs, Piano & Percussion)
Chris Panousakis (Backing Vocals, Guitars, Percussion)
Matt Dixon (Pedal Steel, Guitars)
ABOUT THE PAPER KITES
The Paper Kites are a folk-rock five-piece from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2010, members include Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, David Powys, Samuel Rasmussen and Josh Bentley.
The ARIA nominated group have released five studio albums, with their most recent record ‘Roses’ (2021) garnering over 88 million streams. The band have received 160 million streams in 2022 alone from their 6.5 million monthly listeners — and over 1 billion streams across their catalogue. Their single “Bloom” was also recently certified platinum in the US, Canada, Australia, Italy and The Netherlands.
In the past twelve months the band have performed sold out shows across the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Ireland, France, Denmark and The Netherlands. Earnest and sincere, The Paper Kites have captured hearts around the globe for their moving performances and cherished song writing.
With new material planned for release later this year, their latest releases “Til The Flame Turns Blue” and “The Sweet Sound Of You” follow a SOLD-OUT tour of the UK and Ireland earlier this year. Stay tuned for further updates very soon.