A musical odyssey
In today’s catchiness-driven music industry, the structure of songs are often simplified, resulting in mountains of cyclical, repetitive tunes with little change in tempo, emotion, or lyrical content from start to finish. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with these types of songs; they can be and are done extremely well, but when a song comes along that completely breaks that mold, one can’t help but take notice. Nashville rock trio The Paperhead’s new song “Dama de Lavanda,” (Lavender Lady) off of their upcoming fourth album Chew, is the musical equivalent of an epic poem – a long journey with a sense of urgency and purpose, a quest of sorts. The Paperhead’s sound is unmistakably influenced by the rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s, bringing to mind what it would sound like if the Beatles and the Eagles had a kid and that kid watched a lot of Western movies and was in the jazz band in high school. Starting off with bouncing acoustic guitar, suspenseful background synths, pecks of flute, interjections of Latin jazz trumpet, and the thwack of a vibraslap (look it up), the song paints a picture of travelling through the Old West on horseback, an outlaw looking for redemption.