Monday, November 1, 2010

Paper Crows - Cloudbusting Behaviour


It's the reaction every band hopes to get from you:

"This is awesome!"

Y'see, I'm not one of these guys that needs to hear the entire record before I can get interested in or excited about a band. Just one song - that's all - can flick my switch to love. Two songs, and I'm damn near a stalker. Kudos, then, to The Recommender for introducing me to London duo Paper Crows. Allow me to do the same to you.

18 year old Emma Panas and Duncan McDougall (age 24) have been making music together for about a year and are currently recording their first album with the production team Future Cut (Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal). Emma's vocals are haunting and ethereal, even a bit gothic, so if you're a fan of Bat For Lashes or the Cocteau Twins or our new crush Esben and the Witch, this'll be right in your wheelhouse.

Their debut single "Stand Alight", recently released via Future Cut, is a stunner. It buzzes and builds and draws you in, enveloping the listener with a warm, comfortable hum.

[MP3] PAPER CROWS "Stand Alight"

But if for some reason that hasn't intrigued you or you'd simply prefer a bit more tempo, Monsieur Adi (Marina & the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding) arrives, adding plenty of extra bounce. A classic remix, it gives the song a totally different sound.

[MP3] PAPER CROWS "Stand Alight" (Monsieur Adi Remix)

And for this guy, the knockout punch comes with the pair's cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting" set to the backbeat of Björk's "Human Behaviour". It garnered several immediate, repeat listens and I'm guessing it might do the same for you. So, that's strike 1, 2, and 3 for me: I'm in...and looking forward to more.

[MP3] PAPER CROWS "Cloudbusting" (Kate Bush cover)


  1. Hey Mike. Really enjoyed these guys. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Been a fan of these guys for a while now (well, since we first posted about them twice in August - here

    Looking forward to hearing more from them....and hopefully seeing them play live next year.

  3. hey utah saints, that's how you do cloudbusting.

  4. normally, covering kate is blasphemy - but i gotta say, setting it to the human nature backbeat is inspired. i quite like this. thanks for posting - now if i could find a copy