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1 review »Danish psych trio Papir are now on their fourth album, the imaginitively titled 'IIII', and as you would probably expect by now, it's got some instrumental psych-rock jams on it; a couple of 10-minute numbers on the first side and then a mammoth 22-minute closer on side B. All three are hypno-grooving workouts which build with an almost post-rockish restraint sometimes, but there's always a restle ... »

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Papir IIII by Papir
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 07 February 2014

Danish psych trio Papir are now on their fourth album, the imaginitively titled 'IIII', and as you would probably expect by now, it's got some instrumental psych-rock jams on it; a couple of 10-minute numbers on the first side and then a mammoth 22-minute closer on side B. All three are hypno-grooving workouts which build with an almost post-rockish restraint sometimes, but there's always a restlessness just below the surface keeping it from breaking into the over-serious tedium that genre sometimes inspires.

This patient mix of psych and post-rock, with a soupcon of repeato-kraut hypnosis, is consistent throughout this LP. It keeps reminding me of my psych-rock heroes Motorpsycho when they go into their long instrumental jams when they play live. Once they pick up a head of steam the drums romp wildly along to some grunting tractor-bass while the guitar picks out sweet-sounding licks from thin air; they can really conjure up quite a whirlwind between the three of them.

So if epic instrumental psych jams that start post-rocky and restrained like Mogwai and end hard and windswept like Motorpsycho sound good to you, you'll thoroughly enjoy this one.


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