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The Paper Raincoat is an imaginative collaboration between Brooklyn songwriters Amber Rubarth and Alex Wong that brings to life a colorful world teeming with compelling characters, dream-like storylines, and metaphorical narratives. Their debut EP Safe in The Sound is an introduction to this fantasy world drawn from real experiences of excitement and solitude its creators shared in moving to New York City.

The story is based around the world of a fictional character named Grace, who on the eve of her 50th birthday begins to question her happiness and the choices she’s made in her life. When she receives news that her estranged father, a failed inventor, has died, she returns to her childhood home to help settle his affairs. While cleaning out his study, she uncovers early designs for a paper raincoat, the invention on which he staked their family fortune, and that subsequently tore the family apart when it failed to sell. She is flooded with intense memories of a pivotal day in that very room, when she made the conscious decision to give up on her dream of becoming a writer in order to avoid the disastrous effects that happened as a result of her father’s choices. She starts to question whether there might have been a better way for her life to unfold, and decides to find out by rewriting her own story in a novel she titles The Paper Raincoat.


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  • lostboy-

    I always forget about this album and then get REALLY into it once every few months. I sort of feel guilty for not appreciating it the way it deserves.

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • lilac_neko

    Finally bought this album. Totally worth it tbh. <3

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • danceaddict23

    Why doesn't the entire world know this band? Thanks for making such good music!

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Idealistic30

    Such awesome people making such awesome music (:

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • bandenkmetaphor

    How should i do to define my loosing consciousness ?? oh dear! i do just worshiping you guys. Can't leave listening yer musics even one day. :DD

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
  • macroidtoe

    Bought the album in Hesston, KS at a Vienna Teng/Alex Wong show, got Alex's autograph. Caught the band in New York a few months later and had Amber carve her name into my metal CD-case with a ballpoint pen. (Because I forgot to bring a sharpie...)

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • keithws

    You are all great performers! I saw you at The Rio in Santa Cruz. When are you coming back?

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • outramn

    awesome :D

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • mithhunter55

    You guys are great, herd you first on the 404.

    14 Oct 2009 Reply
  • brandnewcolonyx

    I love them so much! Sooo good in concert.

    11 Oct 2009 Reply
  • ethertree

    The full-length album is out and it is wonderful!!!

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • disasteriffic

    I just found and fell in love with their EP. I can't wait to hear more!

    28 Jun 2009 Reply
  • blockycurvature

    Just saw them last night in Seattle and they were fantastic! I'm so in love with this EP. I keep doing the clapping part that they had the audience do during the show, even though it's not in the song on the CD. XD

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • brandnewcolonyx

    Fabulous performance at the Keswick!! I'm loving this ep.

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • jonandbt

    this music makes me happy happy

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • MikeAgain

    Great EP!!! of course

    17 Jun 2008 Reply
  • shewhodaydreams

    happy ep release!

    3 Mar 2008 Reply

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