What is antifolk? Irreverent trance pop? Twee? Origami Ghosts have been shapeshifting and genre-bending since 2004. The tunes are soulful punk jams crafted by Seattle, WA's own Jean Paul de Bellevue: an existential alt-folk-rock lad.
Origami Ghosts can be one -- JP Scesniak -- or many. The latter arrangement currently combines the sweet storytelling and songwriting of Scesniak with the magical synth, flute, and melodica! playing of Cassandra Wulff, and the blazingly ambitious cello and drum shreds of Jacob Leavitt and Ben Kendall respectively. Experience the mind-bending hypno-folk of Origami Ghosts.
Current Origami Ghosts lineup Scesniak (guitar/vocals), Cassandra Wulff (piano/synth/flute/melodica/vocals), Jacob Leavitt (cello), Ben Kendall (drums).
Origami Ghosts is the musical project of Seattle native John Paul Scesniak -- traveler, teacher, and musician. Since 2004 "JP" has surrounded himself with some of Seattle's finest and most creative musicians to produce highly entertaining performances and unique recordings, all under the Origami Ghosts moniker. The group's light, playful, and thoughtful sound draws from folk, pop, and rock, among other inspirations. Scesniak began writing "bedroom pop" songs in the early 90's and began studying the guitar at the University of Washington in 1996. Throughout the following decade, Scesniak performed his songs at open-mics, house parties, artist lofts, art galleries, cafes, bars, and clubs around Seattle, Japan, and France – under the names: John Scesniak, Paper People, and Jean-Paul de Bellevue. When Scesniak collaborated some of his songs with friend and Dulcimer player Joel Hanson (first in 2000 but later more seriously in 2004) the two formed a duo and had a show lined up at Seattle's Neumo's venue -- where Origami Ghosts were born in March of 2005.
Now consisting of a revolving cast of players, Origami Ghosts is a musical vehicle for songs of J.P. Scesniak and the talented friends whom he surrounds himself with who play: synths, flutes, melodicas, basses, drums, trumpets, cellos, accordions, ad infinitum.
JPS is constantly reshaping and recreating his voice and style, and has gone on to write and make hundreds of songs and recordings -- with only a chosen few documented on Origami Ghosts releases. Origami Ghosts has performed at artist lofts, open mics, dive bars, street corners, prestigious clubs, bowling alleys, squats, living rooms, and college auditoriums across the US, Europe, Japan, and China for more than a decade. Scesniak's style drives the Origami Ghosts engine -- finger picked, jangly and angular guitar playing (often with a swinging tempo) coupled with soulful, personal and heartfelt vocal melodies and lyrical content.
These are some bands that people have compared OG to through the years and some words that people have come up with describing the sound: Built to Spill, Pavement, Modest Mouse, Pinback, The Incredible String Band, Band of Horses, the Shins, the Beach Boys, David Byrne, singer-songwriter, anti-folk, twee, punk, post-punk, Americana, irreverent pop, Appalachian hip-hop, and urban.