Every so often something of interest turns up in my mailbox, this is one of those rare occurrences. PAAR have self-released a couple of releases before “Hone“, three double-singles and now an EP on vinyl via Grzegorzki Records, as well as a self-issued cassette and CD.
What I like about PAAR is that they don’t succumb to the same clichéd things that make modern post-punk bad, they do not focus so heavily on “being” post-punk – they drawn influences from shoegaze and focus mainly on a heavy atmosphere where the main attraction is the singer herself. Sometimes her voice fit in well, like in “SYN”, other times it is does not go well with the sound – but as they are just honing their sound with their first “proper” release, it all makes sense.
There’s also an influence taken from popular music which can not be understated. It is good that they do not shy away from influences just because they want to be a gimmick, this is the real deal – there is a sincerity in both the structure of the songs themselves and there are some gems within the lyrics as well.
I suggest you purchase something from them, support their music so they can make more and hopefully they will develop the sound into something otherworldly. I can highly recommend this release.