11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Papercuts’ third album finds frontman Jason Quever detouring from the electro folk of 2007’s Can’t Go Back. Recalling an early ‘80s paisley underground vibe — perhaps inadvertently —– the dreamy You Can Have What You Want hovers on grinding organ, spacey reverb, tasteful strings, analogue tape hiss, and a hushed psychedelia akin to the Rain Parade’s 1983 debut. Quever inflects with an uncalculated aloofness to sing like the next of kin to Chris Gunst of Beachwood Sparks and Mystic Chords of Memory. After the lightly undulating drones of opener “Once We Walked In The Sunlight” make way for Quever’s voice, he comes in crooning with elongated vowels and a head-nodding cool that harks back to dream pop’s early ‘90s heyday. “Future Primitive” beats softly on a mellow ‘60s groove not unlike better moments by the Ladybug Transistor or the Essex Green, but without all those obvious “bah-bah-bahs” that so many indie bands use to signify an affinity for the decade. “The Void” is both spooky and beautiful, relying on minimalism, harmonies and negative space to achieve a kind of melancholic beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Papercuts’ third album finds frontman Jason Quever detouring from the electro folk of 2007’s Can’t Go Back. Recalling an early ‘80s paisley underground vibe — perhaps inadvertently —– the dreamy You Can Have What You Want hovers on grinding organ, spacey reverb, tasteful strings, analogue tape hiss, and a hushed psychedelia akin to the Rain Parade’s 1983 debut. Quever inflects with an uncalculated aloofness to sing like the next of kin to Chris Gunst of Beachwood Sparks and Mystic Chords of Memory. After the lightly undulating drones of opener “Once We Walked In The Sunlight” make way for Quever’s voice, he comes in crooning with elongated vowels and a head-nodding cool that harks back to dream pop’s early ‘90s heyday. “Future Primitive” beats softly on a mellow ‘60s groove not unlike better moments by the Ladybug Transistor or the Essex Green, but without all those obvious “bah-bah-bahs” that so many indie bands use to signify an affinity for the decade. “The Void” is both spooky and beautiful, relying on minimalism, harmonies and negative space to achieve a kind of melancholic beauty.

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About Papercuts

Papercuts are a soft indie pop project centered around Jason Robert Quever, who was brought up in a commune in Humboldt County, California. He traveled up and down the West Coast, eventually settling in San Francisco. Quever's work began when he used the apartment of a vacationing friend to record piano tracks for Cass McCombs. He has kept busy since, collaborating with such artists as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, the Skygreen Leopards, and Vetiver. Two Papercuts albums arrived in the early 2000s: Rejoicing Songs (Cassingle USA) and Mockingbird (Antenna Farm). Can't Go Back was released in February 2007 through Gnomonsong, run by Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic of Vetiver, and in support of that record, Papercuts toured throughout the U.S. with Grizzly Bear. Although, like many Papercuts releases, 2009's You Can Have What You Want was recorded at Quever's self-built Pan American home studio, this album was perhaps his most collaborative effort to date, with Alex Scally of Beach House not only contributing bass, keyboards, and percussion, but also assisting with string arrangements and session engineering.

Quever and company took an even lusher approach on 2011's Fading Parade, which was the first Papercuts album released by Sub Pop in the U.S. and featured production input from ex-Lilys and Pernice Brothers player Thom Monahan. After this, Quever took a break from the group, but stayed busy by assisting with numerous other musical projects. Both Gold Leaves' 2011 album The Ornament and Dean Wareham's late-2013 Emancipated Hearts benefited from his production skills. The next Papercuts album, Life Among the Savages, was released in May of 2014 for new labels Easy Sound in the U.S. and Memphis Industries in the U.K. ~ Kenyon Hopkin & James Wilkinson

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