After spending the better part of the last decade establishing themselves as one of the more enticing names on the folk-pop circuit, Australia's The Paper Kites have never been ones to sit still on their direction. Knocking out an impressive four studio albums during the first five years of their career, each record saw them attempt something new and interesting, adding more layers to their complex aesthetic at almost every turn. But now it seems like they have been searching for outside influences as they return with their fifth full-length 'Roses', a release that sees them share the spotlight throughout.
While their collaborations with the likes of Lucy Rose and MARO certainly turned some heads during the build up to this new offering, 'Roses' is a release entirely made up of joint ventures, marking the first time they have invited a guest artist to appear on each and every track. But while this kind of melting pot can sometimes have a habit seeing the album branch out too far and create a bit of a mess, The Paper Kites act as conductors to this release, guiding each single through their own rich and captivating guise and letting the featured names enjoy them for the ride.
Although it isn't the most explorative LP we have heard from them since their began, 'Roses' makes for a smooth and enticing listen that still packs itself with all of their signature trademarks. Creating this warm and inviting presence throughout, it feels that they have become more self-assured in their sound on here and are simply looking to share their magic with as many others as possible.