What did we expect from Walking Papers? Something captivating, for sure, knowing the adrenaline rush that is their rock and blues sound. They’ve once again surpassed our high expectations. The first taste of their third album, The Light Below, due for release in early 2021 on Carry On Music, is a spellbinding single/video called “What Did You Expect?” that just hit streaming platforms. It also came with a surprise: a sax-fueled bonus track entitled “The Other Shoe (Reprise).” Penned by principals Jeff Angell and Benjamin Anderson, “What Did You Expect?” is one of those songs that automatically stays on repeat in your mind. Angell’s distinctive voice and rugged guitar work, combined with Anderson’s ear-teasing and pleasing keys, create the sensation that you’ve been sucked into a dark film with an engrossing plot. The shadowy atmosphere is enhanced by the crisply precise drumming of Will Andrews and a hypnotic layer of saxophone from Gregor Lothian. In the unexpected “The Other Shoe (Reprise),” Lothian steps into the spotlight with a gripping sax solo that further heightens the suspense.
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