by Dan Bolles
About a year ago, Paddy Reagan stepped down as the talent buyer at the Monkey House, ending a six-year tenure during which he helped oversee the growth of the Winooski nightspot from a relative hole-in-the-wall to a relative hole-in-the-wall with consistently great music, both local and from beyond. The factors influencing his decision to leave the Monkey were twofold. One, he needed to spend more time on his bedbug-sniffing-dog business. Two — and most germane to our purposes here — he hoped to devote more energy to his talented, but oft-idle, indie band, Paper Castles.
On Wednesday, November 20, Paper Castles will unveil the fruits of those latter labors: a new album titled Vague Era, which is a follow-up to their 2011 effort, Bleating Heart. Earlier this week, the band — which also includes Wren Kitz, John Ragone and Brennan Mangan — made an advance single from the record available for public consumption, "Rest in Piece."
Much like Paper Castles' previous work, the song is a winsome, laid-back slice of jangly indie rock. But this time around, that slackerly bent is fortified with punchy hints of latter-day Yo La Tengo and cool, angular guitar lines that call to mind Slanted and Enchanted-era Pavement — ditto Reagan's sleepy vocals on that latter score. Check it out below.