Kete Bowers – Paper Ships

Album Review | Current Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson

Kete Bowers is a Liverpool-born singer songwriter with a touch of the Townes Van Zandt about his delivery.  Paper Ships features nine self-penned songs that are almost as dark as the cover shot, which sees the dim-lit singer surrounded by some of his ‘stuff’, which includes a Dylan compilation, that effortlessly rubs shoulders with a Johnny Cash companion.  You can imagine the songs on Paper Ships being recorded in this room as it appears to reflect the atmosphere in the songs, an atmosphere of aloneness and melancholy.  The album was actually recorded in Toronto with Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmins at the helm, who also plays guitar, with a handful of choice musicians, including brother Peter Timmins on drums.  It’s easy to get lost in these songs, they have all the necessary credentials to draw the listener in, especially the emotive “A Place by the River”.