Flashpapr

Pain Taped Over (Forever)

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The gentle guitar and waving violin strokes at the beginning of "Sometimes I Believe In Sweethearts" instantly create a slow-motion environment, which often captures those in attendance at Flashpapr live performances. With the eventual vocal appearance by singer/guitarist Fred Thomas, adding layers of heartfelt lyrics, the ingredients of a genuine and experimental rock epic are all in place. What follows is a wave of sincere and increasingly emotional landscapes of sound. On "The Frozen Lake," Thomas gently croons in a deliberating but optimistic tone, eventually building up to a dramatic level in intensity, only to return to a calm and reflective tempo. The second side of the album continues the wave of emotions, including the dramatic "Daylight Savings," the haunting and chaotic "Before the War" (which includes Thomas on clarinet), and the weary "We Never Mean to Steal." Violinist Jacob Danzinger, drummer Geoff Streadwick, and upright bassist Zach Wallace all add texture and beauty throughout. It was Streadwick's last recording before his untimely death.