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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.

Customer Reviews


I've been listening to this all day. First listen, I liked it. Second listen, I liked it more. Third listen, I didn't like it as much, but I was in the other room for most of it. The fourth listen, it was quiet and late, and I really really liked it. Fifth listen, and I'm writing a review. I'll give it five stars. I think it's their best offering yet.

easily one of the best albums of '09.

the hollow, soulful feel of the music, which reminds me of jefferson airplane, i really dig. once you listen to it really, you just can't stop listening to it at all. and after your done, you feel like you have left your body and gone into a dream. all i can say is wow. keep making this great music

Lovely album & see them live!

Perfect concert the other night. Just started loving this album - and then saw them play two nights ago in SF for their record release party. Really great live show (except they didn't play an encore?). Love the heavy keys in this album, but I expect some fans may be unimpressed. Overall, easy to listen to this whole album without skipping tracks. Hard to say that these days.


Formed: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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