Paper Crows returns today with their new single "White Noise" that truly is one of the finest pieces of synth-pop I've heard in a very long while. The group is the London duo of Emma Panas and Duncan McDougal who I first alerted you about in 2010 when I blogged the Monsieur Adi remix of "Stand Alight." The two followed up with tracks like "When Friends Survive" and their interpretation of Kate Bush’s classic "Cloudbusting" which both emerged in 2011.
The group also signed to Pete Tong's relaunched FFRR label and released the interactive "Build" EP that was launched with an award-winning "interactive synchronized music video player" (click here to check it out). Over the last few months, the duo has been writing and recording new material, and the brilliant "White Noise" is one of the first new tracks they are sharing from their London and Berlin studio sessions.
Paper Crows' contrasting brand of synth-pop and unique esoteric approach has been described as "neo-noir" that refers to the brooding sonics and gloomy, yet uplifting aesthetics of the group's work. "We like to combine the dark and the light, landscapes, and the shortness of life," the duo's Emma Panas sums up in a recent interview.
The richly melodic and classically powerful "White Noise" perfectly captures Paper Crow's contrasting essence by combining big drums and shimmering strings with haunting vocal harmonies that infuse dark with light. The song starts off with Emma's angelic vocals and a simple key riff before it swells up to its grand, instantly uplifting chorus that has a gorgeous orchestral feel to it. "We lift off the ground into clouds of white noise ( . . .) hand in hand we are prepared," the two harmonize before the song propels into a stunning instrumental bit right at the 3:00 minute mark. It's true pop delicacy. Highly recommended. (Download MP3)