The Paper Kites Share “Walk Above the City (feat. MARO)” From New Album ‘Roses’ (Out March 12)

February 5, 2021 BY Nettwerk

Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites return with “Walk Above The City (feat. MARO),” a track full of glistening harmonies coated with soul-soothing vocals and thoughtfully layered instrumentals. Portuguese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist MARO, whose stunning vocals evoke deep emotion and highlight the true meaning within lyrics, has released six albums, toured with GRAMMY® winner Jacob Collier, and is under the management wing of legendary producer Quincy Jones.

Having amassed 1 billion global streams and over 4 million monthly listeners on Spotify, the band’s fifth studio album, Roses, is set to be released on March 12 via Nettwerk Records. Produced by Sam Bentley and Tom Iansek (#1 Dads, Big Scary), the album is a deeply moving collection of songs, helmed by a cherished selection of artists. “It’s an album of duets – for lack of a better word,” Sam explains. “A collection of songs we had written and wanted to record with these artists.” The Roses vocalists were handpicked by the band to feature on the new album, an alluring, dynamic, and diverse company. “It was first and foremost about finding the voices and artists we felt were right for each song,” said Sam.

The process of assembling the right collaborators to feature on the album was an important one for the band; lead singer Sam Bentley explains, “I remember Maro was the first artist that agreed to be on the album, which was perfect because she was the first artist in a long time who really stopped me in my tracks when I heard her sing. We saw her play in Munich with Jacob Collier, and I’d never heard anything like her voice. I didn’t find out until we connected a few months later that she was a fan of our band. It was really special to do that song with her.”

Along with MARO, the album features an international cast of vocalists: Rosie Carney (IRL), Lucy Rose (UK), Julia Stone (AU), Nadia Reid (NZ), Aoife O’Donovan (US), Ainslie Wills (AU), Amanda Bergman (SE), Lydia Cole (NZ) and Gena Rose Bruce (AU).

I had written these songs and had always wanted to do an album like this, but I remember almost scrapping the whole project because it felt too hard. It was about finding the right voices for the songs – artists that couldn’t just sing but had something deep and moving in the way they sang – and that’s not every singer – it’s rare.

Roses Tracklist:

1. Walk Above the City feat. MARO
2. Climb on Your Tears feat. Aoife O’Donovan
3. Dearest feat. Lydia Cole
4. Steal My Heart Away feat. Ainslie Wills
5. Without Your Love feat. Julia Stone
6. Crossfire feat. Amanda Bergman
7. Lonely feat. Gena Rose Bruce
8. Take Me Home feat. Nadia Reid
9. For All You Give feat. Lucy Rose
10. By My Side feat. Rosie Carney

“Walk Above The City (feat. MARO)” is available at all digital retailers:

About The Paper Kites:

Melbourne indie-folk five-piece The Paper Kites have won over tens of thousands of fans worldwide since their debut EPs – Young North and Woodland, the latter featuring Gold-certified track “Bloom.” 2013 saw the band release their highly anticipated debut album, States, which debuted at #17 on the ARIA Albums chart and #5 on the ARIA Australia Albums chart. With their sophomore album twelvefour, The Paper Kites crafted a delicate yet dynamic album full of color and sound that properly captured the band’s evolution. Collaborating with Los Angeles film-noir artist Gina Higgins on the album’s artwork, the band surprised dropped On The Train Ride Home (2018), the first part of a two-part release, with the second album On The Corner Where You Live released later the same year. Having toured across 4 continents, 24 countries, The Paper Kites have played to sold-out crowds worldwide. With over 400 million combined streams and nearly 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify, the band continues to amass new fans wherever they go.