Paper Airplanes, Boyhood

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Half the fun of paper airplanes is seeing where they go. You rarely get one that ends up zooming directly to the spot intended. The same goes for Paper Airplanes, whose songs are quirky patchwork affairs that are just as liable to start with a normal rock groove and end up six minutes later with martial drums competing with a ghostly church choir (“Coronation Day”) as they are to feature an entire minute of music with purposefully fuzzed out production apropos of nothing (“PDA”). When the group is busy exploring all the nooks and crannies of its sound (which encompasses instruments such as violin, cello, accordion, French horn, timpani, chimes, trombone, and trumpet along the way), it's a fascinating listen. “Queen Marie,” for example, begins normally enough as a hot-stepping indie rock tune, only to see the trio unleash their inner Rage Against the Machine during the song's chorus.