Kate Bush and Bjork. The two most obvious reference points when describing any new quirky eccentric female vocalist that oozes eccentric glamour or confident style.
Emma Panas might as well get used to those comparisons because the haunting dramatic alt. pop duo she fronts certainly have elements of both of these artists. This group, who go by the name of Paper Crows certainly aren’t trying to hide these references though, having already covered Bush’s Cloudbusting, setting it to a rhythmic backing not dissimilar (if we’re brutally honest - almost identical) to Bjork’s Human Behaviour. (It streams from a music only You Tube clip below). Elsewhere, of the other songs over on the Paper Crows Myspace, Stand Alight is all acoustic dreaminess, heavy beaten electronics and ethereal breathy singing and whilst we wouldn’t go as far as calling Paper Crows gothic, there’s a darkly atmospheric undercurrent to their ballads of power such as Homebound (which isn’t a power ballad in the traditional sense but is still a ballad with some power). Did anyone mention Bat For Lashes ? We just did.
There’s very little information available about Paper Crows, the London based duo having only been making music for just over a year. They played their very first gig a few days ago and will next be appearing at Offset Festival. They are currently recording an album and as the clock circles we’ll see where their epic spooky requiems take them.