Sunday Suggestion – Broadcast – Papercuts

The Birmingham electronic group headed up by Trish Keenan were a band at it’s peak towards the end of the 90s and going into the 21st century, that were offering something a little different. They were not another Britpop group, but something a whole lot darker and sombre and something much more immersive if you. ‘Papercuts’ is one of them songs for me which is from their debut album entitled The Noise Made By The People from 2000. The song opens with a reverberating and distorted synth that creates an eerie and broken rhythm that is strung together by Trish’s tuneful and wistful vocal and by the bass line. The minimal features of the song are what makes it so wonderfully distant and it sets it up for Keenan’s vocal to take you by the hand and lure you in to somewhat unfamiliar musical territory. A wonderful song by a band that was never given the credit it deserved. I’m sure we would have had more different and intriguing music from them if it were not for Trish Keenan’s tragic death back in 2011. At the age of 42.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

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