Planes on Paper, ‘The Ruins’ (EP, self-released)
Planes on Paper, a year-old Yakima folk duo consisting of Navid Eliot (guitar, vocals) and Jen Borst (vocals), is releasing its second EP just in time for gigs at Leavenworth’s Timbrrr Winter Music Festival (Jan. 9-10) and a shindig with Shelby Earl and others at the Columbia City Theatre (Jan. 30).
Eliot and Borst harmonize in a winsome, boy-girl folk style and Eliot occasionally stirs twangy, arpeggiated electric guitar into the mix, for a gentle folk-rock feel. The lyrics are occasionally sophomorically earnest (“Do we love the prism, though the rainbow’s dead …”) but sung so sweetly it’s easy to see why Planes on Paper is starting to attract serious attention on the neo-folkie scene.
“The Ruins” starts off great with the lilting “Monolithia” — a cosmic meditation on “2001”? — but the other two songs are overproduced, the vocals half-buried in a swirl of drums, bass, additional electric instruments and, on the title track, overlapping vocals that are a nice idea but sound oddly off-kilter with a drum thwack on an unexpected beat.
For a more flattering bite of this band, check out its simpler first EP, “The East End Session.” Or, better yet, go have a listen live.
Other new releases
Various Artists, “Blue Note 75th Anniversary 40 LP Set” (Blue Note)
Henry Kapono, “Duke’s On Sunday 2” (Kapono)
Tq, “Out of the Shadows” (Zyx)