Comprised of Sarah Dollar (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar) and Jon Rixon (vocals, acoustic/electric guitar, piano and percussion). the duo of The Paper Shades released their debut effort, Where You Lay EP to critical praise in their native UK with comparisons to acts like Laura Marling, Angus and Julia Stone, Noah and the Whale and others – thanks in part to material that’s comprised of gorgeous harmonies paired with acoustic guitars. 

Interestingly, the duo’s forthcoming full-length effort and its first single “Strong” reportedly has the duo subtly expanding upon the sound that first won the attention of the British blogosphere; in fact, the song manages to blur the lines between both Country Western and singer/songwriter with brief yet gentle bursts of twangy guitar chords, acoustic guitar, and the gorgeous harmonies between Rixon’s earthy vocals and Dollar’s ethereal vocals.  The song is sparsely arranged and evokes a delicate and elegant simplicity,while being  extremely earnest love song – the sort of love song that sounds and feels absolutely (and comfortably) lived in