Listening to Paperwhite’s newest synthpop single, ‘Human Nature’ probably 100x in the last week has me thinking that it might end up on our Best Songs of 2017 list. This shouldn’t come as such as a surprise as the brother/sister pair are prone to create soaring and spirited melodies which continually evoke tremendously uplifting vibes as heard from their 2015 track ‘Get Away’, which ended up Indie Underground’s Best Songs of 2015 Spotify Playlist, or also heard within their 2014 song, ‘Take Me Back’.

Photo by Lauren Kallen

Paperwhite photo by Lauren Kallen

‘Human Nature’ is the first release from the New York City duo’s forthcoming third EP. The song begins with some colourful alt-hip-hop inspired electronic twists and turns, then dances up close and transitions into some progressive dream-pop vibes. It’s certainly a new sound for Paperwhite when compared to their previous tracks, but it’s a sound that’s welcomed!

Katie and Ben Marshall reflect on how they write music:

“Writing for Paperwhite has always been about trying to discover what we stand for… We’ve always written with broad themes in mind. Our first EP, Magic, focused on galactic and ethereal themes and with Escape we brought it down to earth a little bit and spoke of exploring our world. While writing our third EP, we wanted to dive even deeper. These thoughts led us right to our first single, ‘Human Nature.’ No matter how much we may fight it, we are flawed, we are strong and we are in this together. We are human.”

Listen to Paperwhite’s ‘Human Nature’ below.

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Aaron McMillan

Aaron is the Founder / Chief Editor and curator of Indie Underground. He was the Festival / Music Director for the 2017 Dundas Street Festival and the Music Director in 2016. He is scene builder / promoter for select events in London Ontario, Toronto, Canada, and Southwestern Ontario. When Aaron's not working on Indie Underground, you'll usually find him at a concert or DIY event. He's a sucker for anything that glows in the dark and the company of his cat, Charlie. Watch for Aaron to make a return to DJing in 2018 when he will begin to mix Trance.