Artist Watch: Blank Paper
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Blank Paper shouldn't be called as such, as the Brooklyn quartet are not barren with talent, nor are they uncomplicated and plain. Scissors cut paper, and these four cut it all up as they brim with ideas that spill into pools of electro-pop and synth funk. From sound and face value, they could be compared to as an American version of Little Dragon, but with the smutty and satisfying "Step Into My Office", which turns the cubicle culture onto it's 9-to-5 head, they are less about being quixotic and all about exerting kinetic '80s inspired tunes that are funky and pop with personality. Okay, so "Ambien" is titled as an aural ode to the sleeping narcotic, but don't be fool (really don't be), as Blank Paper are not about slumbering when it comes to breathing life and wit into sweat and glitter glistening electro-pop.
On last year's wonderful Tape Dreams, the band managed to pack some serious grooves into five little big jams, as the spunky word plays jump off the scale and are just plain fun. A little aroma of No Doubt's Rock Steady days are smelt on tracks like "Me + You", "Wishing Well", and the ambitious video arcade workout of my personal favorite, "Danger" (seriously, that song kicks). As much comparisons as I'm making, one thing is for certain that Blank Paper are a unique act that should (and will) have zero trouble rising above the vanilla usual.