Marked by lush layers, catchy tunes, soaring harmonies and thoughtful lyrics, Paper Rival’s first full-length release finds them tackling broad-ranging subjects like same-sex marriage (“Keep Us In”), the aftermath of violent crime (“Bluebird”) and ages old letters between war-separated lovers (“The Kettle Black”).

They clearly draw their songwriting prowess from their sited influences, which include artists like Bruce Cockburn and Bob Dylan, but I can hear much that transcends genre, although pieces here and there draw comparisons from a wide variety of artists, Snow Patrol to Silverchair to Jeff Buckley.

“Are We Brothers?” offers up indie rock, while the swaying folk of “Cassandra” recalls hazy and reflective afternoons, and “Weak Sister” completes the album on a dreamy note, with singer Jake Rolleson demonstrating the broad range of his crooning capabilities.

Grade: B+

Dialog is currently available.