Paper Tiger presents new jazzy, electronic vibe

December 11, 2009

Paper Tiger presents new jazzy, electronic vibe

By Lindsay Nash
take5 Correspondent

Paper Tiger’s music is jazzy, swanky, electronic and sophisticated, a rare blend that makes for the perfect soundtrack to a drive or night on the town.

On Friday, that eclectic sound will be featured at the Hookah Bar in Asheville for an evening of music and live visuals.

The electronic trip-hop duo formerly known as RubySlippers with MINGLE have come together to create a new sound and new band. They expect to release their new album, “Me Have Fun,” in February.

“We started collaborating eight or nine years ago,” said Molly Kummerle. “We did a cover on a Radiohead song and started writing together. And it finally occurred to us that we should pay more attention to this and make it our full-time deal.”

The duo is made of Kummerle and Isaac Gottfried, a DJ and producer of MINGLE, of Asheville.

For the fans of RubySlipper, Kummerle describes the new sound as “a less bit less rock ‘n’ roll.”

“I feel like it’s still very simple and has a jazzy flavor, but it’s fuller,” she said. “It’s not flashy. It’s kind of got this lazy sophistication to it that I really love but it’s also still really playful and fun.”

The new name, Kummerle explained, explains a lot about what their music is about.

“The songs are about life, the strangeness of it, the toughness of it, but also the delicacy and tenderness of it,” she said.

Gottfried, the other half of the duo, explains the new sound as a lot of different genres rolled into one.

“It’s hip-hop beats with sort of a jazzy, funky, loungy, sountracky feel behind it,” he said. “And there are little bits of worldliness. You’ll hear little Asian and Indian touches.”

Paper Tiger was featured in POPAsheville 2008 as well as the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival and showcased at the MOOG Foundation CD release party at The Orange Peel. The duo’s song “Folded Laundry” is featured on Lunch Video Magazine.

Friend and fellow musician Stepanie Morgan, of stephanies?d, said the new music is most congruent to what’s inside Kummerle.  “She has had more creative control on this one than ever before,” Morgan said. “It’s the most

Additional Facts


What: Paper Tiger and The Melanaster Band at the Hookah Bar.

When: Doors open at 9 p.m.; show starts at 10 p.m. Friday.

Where: The Hookah Bar, 38 N. French Broad Ave.

How much: $8 cover.

Information: 252-1522.

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