On the Corner Where You Live The Paper Kites Wonderlick/Sony Music In case you missed it, the Paper Kites are actually huge. The Melbourne quintet has cracked the lucrative US market with few in Australia noticing, and close to no media reporting its achievements. A 2011 single, Bloom, went gold; a track called Featherstone, from the same early EP, was used in the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy, in a season finale. The band’s record company says it has racked up 47 million views on YouTube and 260 million streams on Spotify. In December, the group begins a vast North American headline tour. On the Corner Where You Live is its third album, made with Grammy-winning producer Peter Katis, who was behind seven albums by the National. So what are the North American audiences responding to? There’s a certain amount of reassurance in this band’s music; nothing is untoward. The stories told are wellobserved but not challenging; the music is expert and beautifully rendered by all five members with not a note out of place: neither a shift too abrupt, nor a metaphor too bold. These things are reassuring; they make listeners feel safe. On the Corner Where You Live is a concept album, with songwriter Sam Bentley writing as people living in the same apartment block: the girl who won’t leave by day ( Deep Burn Blue), the waitress phoning her mother ( Midtown Waitress), the guy fighting with his girl ( When It Hurts You). Simple, everyday stuff, with a lush sound sometimes approaching a War On Drugslevel of transcendence while at other times it’s a plaintive, folk-soaked middle-of-the-road.