- Papa M includes: David Pajo.
- After stints in Slint and Tortoise, David Pajo released SHARK CAGE, his first LP under the Papa M moniker. All-instrumental, lo-fi, and ambient, LIVE is a confluence of the atmospheric post-rock, lo-fi alternative, and contemplatively acoustic college-radio fare that fueled the quieter side of the 1990s underground. "Up North Kids" beautifully cascades ambient, lingering notes over the scratchiest of barely amplified guitars and a jazzily simple snare beat, while the more glaringly offbeat "Bups" evokes a minimalist outtake of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon."
Spin (2/00, p.112) - 8 out of 10 - "...his command of sonic architecture is more precise and delicate than ever....Papa M finds emlightenment in hypnosis and peace in subtle repetition, successfully panning for gold in them sine-wave hills."
Q (2/00, p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Dave Pajo is the most self-effacing and possibly the most talented...of all the Chicago avant-rock fraternity....antique drum machines and ethereal electronica creates a richly textured sound....quiet, considered and occasionally beautiful..."
Alternative Press (1/00, pp.102-3) - 3 out of 5 - "...succeeds here because his playing sounds better when unaccompanied by electronic flourishes and 'post-rock' mumbo jumbo..."
Magnet (1-2/00, p.76) - "...acoustic and electronic instrumentals [that] sound terrific...when melded together seamlessly....a mature instrumental work....proving he has a gaze beyond the horizon..."
The Wire (1/00, p.87) - "...modern instrumental folk-rock...firmly guitar-based, involving minimalist repetitive patterns of a subtle, mesmerizing quality....Papa M slips into a range of different genres without being constrained by any of them."
Muzik (1/00, p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Wreaking aural violence with nothing more than a few...casually strummed guitar riffs and some mournful melodies...luring the listner into a smothering world of plangent melancholy and haunting structures, with a delicate touch..."
CMJ (11/1/99, p.22) - "...Papa M turns circular, melodically melancholic, acoustic and electric guitar riffs and arpeggios into a series of vast and contemplative...technical mantras....dazzling..."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/00, p.95) - "...blends simple folk and blues figures with electronica into a relaxed, hypnotic whole more akin...to a flotation tank than a shark cage."
NME (Magazine) (11/6/99, p.46) - 8 out of 10 - "...Pajo's genetic fingerprints...cover this record, synthesizing forebears and descendants into timeless beauty. LIVE FROM A SHARK CAGE runs as deep as it runs free."