Winter of 2022 saw Australian indie folk-rock band, The Paper Kites take themselves away from the lights of the big city to begin the process for writing and recording a new album, their sixth.
While working on the album, the band performed an unannounced month-long residency in the small Victorian town of Campbells Creek. Word apparently spread like wildfire throughout the local community, and the band very quickly found themselves in the position of having to turn people away from these intimate shows.
Lead singer, Sam Bentley explains “We had talked about this for years. We were drawn to the idea of holding up in a town somewhere and playing the evenings as a house band. The Roadhouse became this place for us.”
The Sweet Sound Of You is a gorgeously crafted song, with Bentley’s touching vocals backed by Christina Lacy’s lush piano lines, while the rest of the band give able support by playing at their delicately tender best. The band had even recruited in three extra players for their Roundhouse band, with multi-instrumentalist Matt Dixon’s delectable pedal steel, in particular, adding further soaringly emotive texture on top of what is already a hauntingly sublime masterpiece.
Far from becoming stale, The Paper Kites have used their time to return to the roots of what they enjoy doing, and if The Sweet Sound Of You is anything to go by, album number six is going to be one of their finest yet.
Photo credit: Nick McKinlay