Paperclips and Sand

Studio Album by released in 2006

Paperclips and Sand review

Jo Mango has a wonderfully ethereal ear for acoustic melody

Fiona Apple, Lemon Jelly, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, and now Jo Mango (it's enough to make your mouth water). Having heard her debut album Paperclips And Sand, her name is not one you will easily forget. Jo Mango isn’t the best stage name. Same goes for Trevor Pineapple or Suzie Banana. However, we promise to judge the Scotswoman’s Paperclips And Sand album on its content and not solely on the basis of her name. Possessing a seductive if tad whimsical voice that sounds like a cross between Emiliana Torrini and top Cardigan Nina Persson (particularly her pronunciation), Jo Mango has a wonderfully ethereal ear for acoustic melody. Paperclips And Sand is basically in the mould of Damien Rice and other lonely folk solo performers. Basically, there’s many a pretty song amongst some saddened tales of woe. In a current music scene blessed with acoustic acclaim and large amounts of groundswell interest, thanks to the public need for quality, organic music that isn't rammed down their throats by radio stations and record companies, Jo Mango might just lift off in 2006. Paperclips And Sand is a promising first offering from a quietly mighty talent and an impossibly introspective underproduced collection of whispered gems, perfect for those rainy Sunday afternoons.

Paperclips and Sand will leave audiences entranced

From the opener, the gentle, magical My Lung, you're hooked and you'll fall hopelessly in love. There's an interesting use of instruments including a squeezebox, toy piano and kalimba (thumb piano). Jo's chilled melodies ascend majestically to the clouds, conveying an enchanting sense of solitude. Tea Lights sets up the pro forma for most of the rest of the album, the acoustic guitar coming into play much more from now on. Standout track goes to the elegant ballad Gomer. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, piano, strings and a backing singer Alan Peacock; it hits all the right emotional buttons in no apparent order. Even though it carries on for seven minutes, it all works brilliantly. With its slamming broken beats and pushing momentum, Blue Light is quite an unusual choice to put on this album and quite a needed innovation. Intimate, eccentric and honest, Jo Mango sustains a compelling power and the 10 cautiously beautiful tracks of Paperclips And Sand will leave audiences entranced. This charming album with the same gentle pace throughout begs to be part of your collection.

Scottish heroine has got the balance just right with this record

Jo Mango was celebrated as "the next KT Tunstall" after she shared a stage with the Scots singer at last year's T in the Park. The Aberdonian 24-year-old singer-songwriter began her foray into the world of music at 16, playing in venues the city. There she developed her singing talents, performing in a band called Mangomen, alongside her twin Jim and an array of their friends. In the late 1990s, Mango branched out and began songwriting before moving to Glasgow to study. There she forged her own distinctive style, learning to play a range of instruments and taking in influences from jazz and folk. Her first self-released EP, The Antidote, won rave reviews. Mango's collaborations in recent months with Malcolm Middleton of Arab Strap, ballboy, Eugene Kelly, Mark Owen and Richmond Fontaine have helped raise her profile. Finally Mango's debut album, Paperclips And Sand, is out internationally. This Scottish heroine has got the balance just right with this record, and you become addicted to its impassioned magnitude and find yourself listening from start to finish time after time. Original melodically and lyrically, entertaining in musicality and instrumentation, Jo Mango is more than talented enough to be on a bigger stage this time next year.