Paper Thick Walls is a new indie folk/pop band out of Chicago. Their debut CD, A Thousand Novels, will be released on May 3, 2011.
A Thousand Novels opens strong with "Old Weathered Wooden Dock," Kate Schell's winsome lead vocal spilling out over gentle acoustic guitar. The track builds nicely with violin and tack piano entering the mix before exploding in richness: driving percussion, a counterpoint vocal (courtesy of band co-leader Eric Michaels) and hand claps all figure in--a beautiful introduction to the album.
"Sighs of Relief" follows and it is clear that this band has the touch of something special. By the fourth track, the dusky, narcotic "Nyquil," I was totally hooked.
Other highlights include the appropriately stark "Desolate Place," the tender "Masters of the Sea" and the celestial, album-closing "Infinite."
Paper Thick Walls celebrates the release of A Thousand Novels with a show at The Hideout on Friday, May 6.