Paper Dollhouse + Jon Porras
Purveyors of holographic electronic folk soundscapes, Paper Dollhouse is the duo of Astrud Steehouder and Nina Bosnic. Fusing a sound of spidery post-punk electronica with a radioactive ambient pop sensibility and elegance. Having recorded two albums for Jane Weaver’s Finders Keepers sublabel Bird and the Glasgow based imprint Night School, 2018 sees the duo releasing the most concise and realized vision of their ethereal, neon-lit pop sound yet with new album The Sky Looks Diferent Here, released on the group’s MoonDome imprint. Recorded between North London’s New River Studios and Nina’s home studio in Sufolk, The Sky Looks Diferent Here feature the production talents of Asher Levitas (fresh from a solo album for Planet Mu).
Mixing the sort of left-feld pop sound of Yves Tumor with the sort of darkwave infuence that hangs over groups such as Tropic Of Cancer and DVA Damas (who’s drummer Joe Cocherell the duo were remixed by in 2014). Recent years have seen the group releasing a number of more electronic, techno-leaning EPs with ‘Plutonic Rainbows’ and ‘Empty- Rave’, as well as recording an
in uences DJ mix for highly acclaimed online journal Secret Thirteen.
Having toured across Europe in recent years, they have shared bills with artists including PYE Corner Audio, Sculpture, Daniel O’Sullivan, Old Apparatus, Uniform, Grumbling Fur, The Doubtful Guest and much more. The group’s new live setup consists of Astrud on vocals, sampler and FX and Asher on a sequencer, synthesizer, and FX performing tracks from the new album.
For more than a decade, Jon Porras has carved out a sprawling, emotionally evocative niche of sound using a variety of sonic elements and associations in his solo work on such seminal imprints as Root Strata, Important Records, and Thrill Jockey Records. But Porras has also been associated with a number of celebrated collaborations, with musicians Evan Caminiti (as Barn Owl), Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Stephen O’Malley, and visual artists Paul Clipson and Wilhelm Sasnal. Tokonoma, released in November 2017 by Geographic North, is Porras’ 5th solo work, ending the almost 4-year silence since his last release, Light Divide on Thrill Jockey. More than a comeback though, the album serves as one of Porras’ most enlightened and enlightening works to date, touching on the dark, expansive tones explored on past releases and shedding light on Porras’ bright future. A new album with Thrill Jockey, Voices of the Air, is forthcoming in 2018.
Published on 22 June 2018