Victoria, BC's the Paper Cranes have a thing for melody. I'm talkin' big coursing lines of tune that sound like they were written on huge sheets of paper in thick permanent ink, steered by equally assertive four-on-the-floor drums (James Watson) and bright piano fills (Miranda Roach-McCullagh). They've got some clear Smiths/Cure influences, and singer/guitarist/songwriter Ryan McCullagh often delivers the same urgent quaver as Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade. (For proof, check their single I'll Love You Til My Veins Explode.) But this EP is optimistic and spirited to such a degree that you'll happily shrug off the similarities. New Pornos/Tegan 'n' Sara producer Howard Redekopp and the Rapture collaborators Run-Roc raise the production bar on a promising debut.
The Paper Cranes swoop into the Comfort Zone Friday (March 3) as part of NExT.