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We introduced you to the brother/sister duo Paperwhite on Monday. That profile focused on Katie and Ben Marshall's story. But with the release of our newest session, it's time to focus on the music. During our interview, Katie spoke of a love for Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple...something you can certainly hear in this unique session with the band. If you were to encounter The Marshall's via their new EP Magic, you'd be caught up in a glowing haze of ice-cool, synth pop. But in this stripped down environment, those influences Katie references shine through. There is something so sentimental and somewhat innocent about this performance. These are the songs you want to hear when images of your first summer away from home flicker by the mind's eye. Have a look, our latest session is in fact, a little dose of magic.

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Oh oh oh oh oh oh.
I can see the main lights shining outside your window.
And as I breathe aaah.
You know why the night's floating away.
You gave to me another chance to feel time freeze.
Another chance to keep moving.
Another chance to feel alive.
Where should you go? To help me floating on.
And you don't deny it.
Something you need.
A taste of fantasy.
Now oooh oooh.
Give me some of your magic.
Some of your magic.
To keep me hanging on.
Give me some of your magic.
Some of your magic.
To keep me hanging on.
We fell asleep, a moving sky right outside of your window.
Your hands on me.
You know our light remains in the day.
Where should you go? To help me floating on.
And you don't deny it.
Something you need.
A taste of fantasy.
Now oooh oooh.
Give me some of your magic.
Some of your magic.
To keep me hanging on.
Give me some of your magic.
Some of your magic.
To keep me hanging on.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh.
Don't you want to live in color side by side? Don't you want to move together all our lives? Give me some of your magic.
Some of your magic.
To keep me hanging on.
Give me some of your magic.
Some of your magic.
To keep me hanging on.
Your lips, your touch, your words, your eyes.
Enough to make me realize.
Your lips, your touch, your words, your eyes.
Enough to make me realize.
Give me some of your magic.
misheard lyric on my part- - It was a misheard lyric.
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which is kind of funny.
Katie.
I mean this was very early on when we were writing the song "Magic.
" You sang something that was just a very nonsensical, like it wasn't words it was just a melody idea.
- And I think I thought you were saying "give me some of your magic" and then Katie just really liked that line, I think, and we built the song around that.
But that to us is like, that was a song that really connected with a lot of people and meant a lot to us because it sorta gave us the confidence to do everything that we did in the past year.
So, to name the EP that just felt right.
- Yeah, I think "Magic" is kind of an interesting word for us.
I don't know, we haven't even really talked about this, but our dad uses the word magic a lot.
Just talking about things that inspire you and like if you're in a moment somewhere to like, you know, there's a little magic and to appreciate, you know, to appreciate the magic in life and music.
And so that song when Ben said, like, he just started sing back "magic" and I was like oh yeah that kinda seems to fit.
- The next song that we played was "Take Me Back.
" Yeah, I think it seems like a lot of people resonate with it because it's a very direct lyric like "take me back," I think everyone's been there before where maybe you broke up with someone or they broke up with you and you just to that point where that feeling sets in like take me back, I don't want to feel this way anymore.
Ya know.
I want you to notice.
Some moments are rare.
Don't take me for granted.
Just take me there.
And I'm never gonna ask for more.
I'm never gonna ask for more.
But when we fall into place.
There's nothing else worth dreaming for.
So take me back.
Just take me back.
Just take me back.
Just take me, take me.
Just take me back.
I'm learning to leave you.
Cause you don't ask me to stay.
Don't make me believe you.
And walk away.
So I'm never gonna ask for more.
I'm never gonna ask for more.
But when we fall into place.
There's nothing else worth dreaming for.
So take me back.
Just take me back.
Just take me back.
Just take me, take me.
Just take me back.
I'm not running.
I'm all you need, yeah.
Won't stop for nothing.
Just take me, take me.
Just take me back.
Aah aah ahh ahh.
Aah aah ahh ahh.
Don't leave me for nothing.
I'm never ready to say goodbye again.
If I could tell you one thing.
I promise you it's not the end.
So take me back.
Just take me back.
Just take me back.
Just take me, take me.
Just take me back.
I'm not running.
I'm all you need, yeah.
Won't stop for nothing.
Just take me, take me. Just take me back.
- We think of it as very like song forward so in a since it still has this singer/songwriter core to to, it but it's completely wrapped in this, like, synth-pop, dream-pop sort of shell which is my, like, thing that I love.
Electronic music and you know, drum machines and synthesizers and all that stuff.
- At the end of the day something that's really important to us though is to be able to strip away everything and be able to play.
You know, especially now that we're playing with a band, to be able to just be me and Ben and bass and keys and just be able to play every song as though we're a live band.
- Right, the song should make sense on its own.
So, the last song we played was "Pieces.
" I'll let you talk about it.
- "Pieces" was another one of the singles that we released again coming from a place of emotion, a little bit more excitement, kind of a love at first sight kind of song.
But the three songs "Magic," "Take Me Back," and "Pieces" are all kind of a little bit more on the higher energy side and so you know when we're stripping it down, we wanted to kinda keep the energy up a little bit.
- Yeah, that song seems to translate well to, like, I think.
I don't I know, I think in general people tend to think of like a single or a hit as like this compromise but a lot of times I think it's when you have just a really concise, strong song.
And so, those I guess are like our biggest singles, but they seem to feel good when we play them, especially in the strip-downed setting.
Did you know from the second you walked in, I wanted more? And in a minute I'll be losing all control.
You keep me gazing, I'll keep you close.
The time is ticking, and the current makes it hard to resist.
It's so natural the way I am lost in this.
You asked to meet me and I insist.
So can't you feel it streaming across the walls, it's magnetic.
It pulls me forward, begging me to fall.
And you feel right, will these pieces fit together? Will you and I collide into each other? Earth's still shaking.
I have never crossed a line like this before.
Yet I won't waver as I walk across the floor.
You were waiting, and I am yours.
But can't you feel it streaming across the walls, it's magnetic.
It pulls me forward, begging me to fall.
And if it's right, will these pieces fit together? Will you and I collide into each other? Oooh, tell me.
Oooh, tell me.
Oooh, show me.
Oooh, show me.
Oooh, tell me there's no use in waiting.
Oooh, tell me you need me more.
Oooh, show me we're at the beginning.
Oooh, show me who you are.
Oooh, tell me all that's aligning.
Oooh, tell me you and I would.
Oooh, show me there's no way to fight it.
And if it's right, will these pieces fit together? Will you and I collide into each other? And if it's right, will these pieces fit together? Will you and I collide into each other? So oooh, tell me.
Oooh, tell me.
Oooh, show me. Oooh, show me.

Artist Bio

Paperwhite, brother sister Katie and Ben Marshall are a Dream-Pop duo from Brooklyn, NY. Katie is the singer and songwriter of the band. Her sophisticated melodies bounce from star to star in a lush galaxy of synthesized textures. Ben, also the drummer for Brooklyn band Savoir Adore, is the producer and co-writer. Theyre nostalgic synth riffs shimmer above heart felt chord changes and hypnotic pounding drums. With four singles to date, and a debut EP Magic" they've had nothing but enormous love from the blogosphere. Receiving the Hypem title "Most Blogged Artist twice in a row, Paperwhite is a band worth keeping an eye on.

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