Paper Lions have been making independent music for over a decade. They've toured with Cake and other notable acts but they haven't really gotten their due. These Canadians are great and on their new album Stay Together - they prove it.
Stay Together is 9 songs of alt-indie-pop bliss. There's not a bad song on the set even though some of the tracks in the middle tend to blend together a bit. For the most part, Paper Lions remains on point throughout this record. Vocalist Colin Buchanon is a smooth guide and his range is tremendous. Buchanon is great, but the instrumentation might be better. Piano, Guitar, bass, drums, auxilery sounds - everything here is on point. There are songs like "You're Killing Me" - where you can listen through it and find something new to love about the song every time. Melodies, harmonies, instrumentation, song writing, instrumentation, production... this record is on point about 75-80%. For the songs that don't quite match that, they don't miss it by much.
Paper Lions' Stay Together is a terrific album. It's the perfect length. It's got variety it's got some real staying power. For fans of independent and alternative music, this is a must-listen.