On Wednesday night, November 13th I had the privilege of seeing ThePaper Kites perform at Mercury Lounge. An Australian folk-pop band, Paper Kites consists of lead vocalists Sam Bentely and Christina Lacey accompanied by Dave Powys, Josh Bentley and Sam Rasmussen. It started out as duo band with just Bentely and Lacey, but when asked to perform at a festival, they recruited the rest of the group. Combining the serenity and subtleness of Bentely and Lacey’s voice with the balance of the instruments, it enables the listener to experience the emotional intensity and passion coming from the lyrics. Something I can definitely say I felt as an audience member that night.
The night was filled with performances from their new album, “States”, as well as some of their old songs such as “Bloom” and “Paint”. Masters of the slow build, you can hear their fragility and sultry voices in each song they sing. Especially at one point during the night, when everyone but Bentley left the stage. Combined with Bentley’s anecdotes, his soulful voice and that intimate moment, as the listener you feel as if you are in a daydream, floating away. Just like a kite, Paper Kites has definitely soared from down under and continues to escalate in the music industry.