The Paper Cranes Chivalry's Dead

The Paper Cranes Chivalry's Dead
Unfamiliar Records has been on quite the tear lately, putting out excellent releases from the likes of Japandroids and the Clips. Now we have the second full-length from this Victoria, BC quintet hot on the heels of last year's Halcyon Days. The Cranes' peppy mix of rock'n'roll, with a healthy dose of R&B rhythms, is reminiscent of Spoon and latter-day Jam records, without sounding derivative. And while Chivalry's Dead takes a few tracks to really find its groove, the one-two punch of "Thorazine Shuffle" and "The Cavalier" are well worth the wait. This record lays the groundwork for Paper Cranes to make the transformation from indie curiosity to full-fledged pop phenomenon, a path fellow Victorians Hot Hot Heat travelled not too long ago. It's really just a question of where their muse takes them. (Unfamiliar)