P A P E R M A P S – S T O R Y
Papermaps is a Toronto-based indie project led by producer/songwriter Dean Marino. The current line-up consists of Dean Marino, Betty Dimo, Johnny Rowe and Andy Soto (who currently resides in Paris, France). Although not totally adequate, “dream pop” most succinctly describes their sound. They are heavily influenced by late-80’s college rock and early-90’s “alternative” sounds.
Papermaps have released 3 albums: papermaps (2011), Inferior Ghost (mini album, 2012) and Darker Lights (2013). Each album featured a different line-up on both the recording and live-show presentation although there is considerable overlap among past, present and future members. To date Papermaps has had two (Alternative Top 50) radio hits in Canada: “Reunion” in 2011 and “The Hedonist” in 2013. Both “The Hedonist” and “Poor City” (both from Darker Lights) charted on the CBC R3-30 for eight consecutive weeks (the maximum allowed by the station). The band has made 7 official music videos (all found at papermapsmusic on YouTube) has toured Canada (Toronto to Halifax and back) a total of 4 times and have played numerous music festivals including NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal and CMJ Music Marathon.
Papermaps music is hard to pigeonhole though most critics have praised their work. Dean Marino describes Papermaps as, “classic dream pop without regard for current trends and a going concern.” Papermaps are currently taking a break from playing live as they write the followup to Darker Lights.
PAPERMAPS records are hard to find in the physical form and are limited in number (both vinyl and CD) so go on an expedition and snatch them up while you still can… or you can find them on iTunes, etc…