The duo from Austin known as Papermoon have released an album that demonstrates how a subtle approach to the rock genre can in the end pay dividends, if done with care. They have achieved a brilliant balance of rock and indie tones that collide to create a truly meaningful piece of music.
In an interview about the album, John Szuch at Deep Elms (the label responsible for the duo) had this to say
“Since the release of our debut New Tales back in 2009, Daniel and I went through some pretty big life changes: marriage, moving, finishing school. The songs on No Love were inspired by the personal growth we experienced due to all these changes. Playing music together has always been special to us. We wanted to write these songs to sort of break the silence of the past several years. We feel the album is a focused, fresh start for the next stage of Papermoons. ‘No Love’ is a tongue in cheek moniker for an album of often serious content. The songs explore the duality of our emotions, how we experience love, and how our perception of these emotions changes over time. The cover features a photograph that Daniel took at Muir Beach overlook in California because we feel it is at once beautiful and lonely. It represents the duality of our emotions…a topic explored throughout the album. It’s been a cathartic experience to finish No Love and we are both very proud of the end result. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it” says Matt Clark. Daniel Hawkins adds “we draw a lot from the concept of making more out of less. We try to create songs that are easy, innocent and pleasant to listen to but that also contain subtle complexities that make listening more interesting and enjoyable. We strive to make music that can both cheer someone up and also console. We’ve both been involved with playing music for many years now and what has been continually inspiring to us is the way in which music connects people. And of course, the personal satisfaction of creating music is second to none.”
The two men behind this indie/rock creation are Matt Clark (Vocals, Guitar, Pedal bass) and Daniel Hawkins (drums, vocals, hand percussion). No Love was produced, engineered and mixed over the course of a year.