A year ago we were sitting in perhaps the only good Italian café in Edmonton simultaneously pretending we were somewhere warmer and trying to decide what should go on the cover of our album. We wanted the art to capture the individual stories of the songs, but didn’t know how to cram in all four. Then someone blurted out “Well if you just put the songs in a certain order, you can have one BIG story”.
Since then the order has been rebuilt, lyrics have been assembled, songs have been dismantled, research has been compiled, and mountains have been moved. The result: our debut EP “dio”, a miniature concept album.
On behalf of all of Paperplanes And Dragonboats, we sincerely hope that you enjoy the EP. If you have ever thought about legacy after death, the likelihood of reincarnation, life at sea, or if you have ever sat in a café wishing you were somewhere warmer, this might have something for you. We are fighting every temptation to post a synopsis of the storyline, but we will hold back for now in hopes that you will find satisfaction in the music’s retelling.
This is an album for those who live vicariously.
Paperplanes And Dragonboats
(the order of the songs above is not how they appear on the album)
released 13 August 2011
Lead vocals, ukelele, programming, and synthesizers by Jonathan Kawchuk
Bass and backing vocals by Sarah Grieve
Drums, percussion, and backing vocals by Andrew Macdonald
Guitars by Michael Kawchuk
Piano in Sailor’s Lament by Doug Organ
Jolly Clapping Quartet in Whales, Dolphins by Sarah Grieve, Jonathan Kawchuk, Michael Kawchuk, Andrew Macdonald
Drunken Bastards in Sailor’s Lament by Greg Kawchuk, Jonathan Kawchuk, Michael Kawchuk, Anthony Kennedy, Alec Leard, Jay Levine, Alex Macdonald, and Andrew Macdonald
All music and lyrics written by Jonathan Kawchuk
Additional lyrics on Sailor’s Lament and Boardwalk by Andrew Macdonald
All songs arranged by Paperplanes And Dragonboats
All songs engineered and mixed by Nik Kozub at Zonik Studios in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada except for Sailor’s Lament which was engineered and mixed by Doug Organ at Edmontone Studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
All songs mastered by Tim Branton at João Carvalho Mastering in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Boardwalk was produced by Nik Kozub and Sailor’s Lament was produced by Doug Organ.
Photography by Nick Larson
Artwork by Jenny Keith-Hughes
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