The city of Austin is a musical island surrounded by a sea of big belt buckles, songs about whiskey, and George Strait. Although the rest of the state's country-music influence seeps into the city's borders, for the most part, Austin bands have found ways to remain creative and original. Papermoons — possibly the most harmonious duo since Simon and Garfunkel strapped on acoustics and started crooning about herbs — is no exception. On the group's latest release, New Tales, guitarist/vocalist Matt Clark's soft Ben Gibbard-esque delivery coupled with drummer/vocalist Daniel Hawkins's pinpoint harmonies make the sparse steel guitar used throughout the record tolerable while making listeners believe that Papermoons hails from a state where George Strait's exes would never live.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Denver, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.