Alex Raichev

Paper Dragon Demos Batch 1

Today my friend Kate and i celebrate birthday number one of our band Paper Dragon. Hip hip hooray! Over the past year we have written thirty-nine songs, played two open mic sessions and two garden parties, grown from two members to three to four to three to two, and spent approximately one hundred fifty hours practicing in my basement, bumping our heads on its low beams.

In honor of this momentous occasion, we are dining on dumplings and, more relevant to you, dear reader, publishing our first batch of homemade demo recordings. Here they are for your listening (with headphones) pleasure. Enjoy and share!

  1. Come Unto These Yellow Sands / audio / lyrics / Kate: saxophone, voice / Alex: guitar, drums, voice
  2. To His Coy Mistress / audio / lyrics / Kate: voice / Alex: guitar, drums, voice
  3. Long Live the Weeds / audio / lyrics / Kate: saxophone, voice / Alex: guitar, drums, voice
  4. A Dream / audio / lyrics / Alex: guitar, drums, voice
  5. I Knew a Woman / audio / lyrics / Alex: guitar, voice
  6. Let's Fly Away / audio / lyrics / Kate: guitar, flute, voice / Alex: drums
  7. Mr. Flood's Party / audio / lyrics / Kate: saxophone, voice / Alex: guitar, drums, voice
  8. La Belle Dame sans Merci / audio / lyrics / Kate: voice / Alex: guitar, drums, voice
  9. Crossing the Bar / audio / lyrics / Alex: guitar, voice
  10. Green Grow the Rashes / audio / lyrics / Kate: voice / Alex: guitar, drums, voice
  11. It Should Probably Be Now / audio / lyrics / Kate: guitar, voice / Alex: drums
  12. A Poison Tree / audio / lyrics / Alex: guitar, drums, voice
  13. What's Ours is Ours / audio / lyrics / Kate: flute, voice / Alex: guitar, voice

Here's a link to download all the files at once: all audio and lyric files. And here's an embedded SoundCloud player if you want to play all the tracks sequentially by clicking one button:

About the recordings:

Questions?

Q: How would you describe your music?

A: We used to call it Mt Eden Unpop, but now that we have eleven fans, we're calling it Mt Eden Pop.

Q: You set a lot of poems to music. Why is that?

K: Alex's lyrical genius is dumb, so he steals words from dead poets.

A: This is true, and Kate writes all her own lyrics. That's why she's so slow making songs :-)

Q: What have you learned from this band?

K: That putting yourself out there is scary, but also, people will still like you if you play a wrong note, or forget the words, or even train wreck to the point where you have to stop playing entirely.

A: To sing better and in public. It's not terrible. In fact, i like it. But whenever i start to feel like i'm putting on a show, i try to return to stillness, the source of authentic performance. It feels better that way, and i think people respond best to that mode of play.

Q: What does the future hold for Paper Dragon?

A: Our crystal ball is cloudy, but we are preparing another show, this time with Kate on drums. After that, tour the entirety of Mt Eden? Then onto Kingsland? I have a connection in Kingsland.

K: I don't count as a connection.

A: Hmm, maybe Mt Albert then.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2019-05-02
Tags: music, Paper Dragon
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