When I first discovered Melbourne’s The Paper Kites earlier this year with their gorgeous track, “Electric Indigo,” I was smitten. Since then, their sophomore record, twelvefour, has taken me on many journeys of personal growth – from the unbearable pain of loss to the triumphant notion of healing. After last night’s Gramercy Theatre show – the kick off to the end of the twelvefour era – I was renewed and rather transformed into a better person; healed of all that had been weighing me down for so long. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m in a new relationship, but I’ve never felt closer to the music than I was last night as the songs I once cried to on my bedroom floor came to life, reminding me that good things come to those who wait and that storms don’t last forever.
It’s one thing to fall in love with a record while your entire world is spiraling out of control, but to still cling to it with as much force after the storm – but with a new perspective – is a story within itself. As the sounds of “Revelator Eyes,” “Renegade” and the anthemic, “I’m Lying To You Cause I’m Lost,” electrified the audience (a rather packed theater, mind you) it was pretty evident that most times it’s always the best kept secrets that tend to mean the most.
Fans were treated to a couple of songs in the dark while the tracks off of twelvefour were accompanied by pink and blue lights in honor of their neon album cover. Needless to say: hearteyes for days! Once “Electric Indigo” came into play, the chillest show in the world turned into the most romantic as couples in the crowd shared a kiss, a glance, a touch.
It was clear to me when I discovered them and it only became more obvious last night: there’s no telling where a single riff, lyric or melody will take you. The Paper Kites will show you the way.