Paper Canyon

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Paper Canyon
Codes in the Clouds - Paper Canyon (2009).jpg
Studio album by Codes in the Clouds
ReleasedJune 1, 2009
LabelErased Tapes
ProducerJustin Lockey
Codes in the Clouds chronology
Distant Street Lights / Fractures
Paper Canyon
Paper Canyon Recycled
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [1]
Rock Sound(8/10)[2]
Clash Music(8/10)[3]

Paper Canyon is the debut studio album by English post-rock band Codes in the Clouds.[4] It was produced by Justin Lockey and released on Erased Tapes Records in June 2009.


The album was recorded over five days in Doncaster with producer Justin Lockey.[5] According to guitarist Stephen Peeling, the title of the album is a metaphor for the band's music. "The idea is that a canyon is a big, grand indestructible thing. But if you had a paper canyon it'd be fragile in its detail, like our music."[6]


The music of Paper Canyon has been compared to post-rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky and Mono,[3] along with 65daysofstatic, whom the band have called their "idols".[6] Chris Hidden of Rock Sound noted that the songs are "slow burners" that are "not as immediate or obviously melodic as the likes of Explosions in the Sky or This Will Destroy You," but instead build to a "crescendo".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Paper Canyon was released on June 1, 2009 in the UK, Ireland, and Benelux on Erased Tapes Records. It was released on June 4, 2009 in Japan. German and American releases are planned for later in the year.[5] The album received positive critical reviews. Hidden wrote that the album "might not be a classic post-rock record," but that "it brims with potential and suggests what's to come next should be something really special."[2]

Track list[edit]

  1. "Fractures" (5:20)
  2. "Don't Go Awash in This Digital Landscape" (3:21)
  3. "Distant Street Lights" (5:06)
  4. "We Anchor in Hope" (5:42)
  5. "You Are Not What You Think You Are" (9:55)
  6. "The Distance Between Us" (10:00)


Codes in the Clouds
  • Stephen Peeling (guitar)
  • Ciaran Morahan (guitar)
  • Rob Smith (guitar)
  • Jack Major (drums)
  • Joe Power (bass)
Additional personnel
  • Justin Lockey (production)
  • Robert Raths (cover art)


  1. ^ Paper Canyon at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Hidden, Chris (June 2009). "Codes in the Clouds – Paper Canyon." Rock Sound (123): 82. ISSN 1465-0185.
  3. ^ a b Diver, Mike (June 3, 2009). "Codes in the Clouds – 'Paper Canyon'." Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Paper Canyon" (2009). Allmusic. Retrieved July 11, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Codes in the Clouds (archive). Official MySpace site. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Kennedy, Adam F. (June 2009). "Codes in the Clouds: Big ambitions." Rock Sound (123): 36. ISSN 1465-0185.