Denver band Paper Bird returned this week to the CPR Performance Studio. We first hosted the band's retooled lineup -- with new member Carleigh Atkins, who replaced singer-songwriter Esme Patterson --  back in 2014, and today the band releases its new self-titled album. 

Paper Bird recorded the LP in Nashville with producer John Oates of Hall & Oates. It finds the band moving away from folk and into rock 'n' roll.

The band played four songs from the album and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how a personnel change affected the band's sound, releasing their music through a record label for the first time and why this new album feels like a fresh start.

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Stream the interview and watch Paper Bird perform "To The Light" above. Watch more video and read interview highlights below:

Bassist and banjoist Caleb Summeril on the band's new sound:

"It was a natural change. We lost some members and reassessed things and this is where we wanted to go. So we worked hard at it and came up with a different sound. But it was also a lot of fun." 

Singer Sarah Anderson on why the album is self-titled:

"It feels like we're a brand new band. We're doing things in a way we've never done them before. We're really going for it this time. I think in the past ... it was more just for fun and not really thinking about what kind of track we were on. And now we're all really 100 percent behind this."

Songs performed:

  • "To The Light"
  • "Don't Want Half"
  • "I Don't Mind"
  • "Waiting For You"

"Don't Want Half"

"I Don't Mind"

"Waiting For You"