Album review: Paperplain - Entering Pale Town (Destructible)

A delicate first effort that's short of a spike or two

Like bubbles brought to life by a guffing band of tree pixies, Paperplain’s debut is a pretty, slight thing. The airborne alias of 19-year-old Helen Page has drawn inevitable comparisons with the likes of Laura Marling and Nina Nastasia, and with ‘Foreign Fingers’’ quietly adulterous yarn she approaches the former’s deceptive darkness (“I know that your girlfriend is home on her own/but you’re not in the country so nobody knows”). Elsewhere, ‘Go Go NY’ is a highlight; a tumbling waltz with surprising verbal dexterity. More songwriting assertiveness wouldn’t go amiss, but in the main this is as mawkishly delightful as a rummage through Gran’s brooch collection. Just watch out for pins, yeah?

Alex Denney

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6 / 10

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