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Editors’ Notes

Bandleader, songwriter, and producer Jason Quever delves ever deeper into Phil Spector wall of sound territory on Papercuts’ fourth release. A hazy blend of dream and chamber pop, Fading Parade shimmers beneath layers of reverb, dense keyboards, and intricate arrangements. The bright and poppy opener, “Do You Really Wanna Know,” is a beacon in the aural fog shrouding most of the album, and “Winter Daze” stands apart due to its comparatively sparse production and clearer separation of instruments. Mostly though, simple hypnotic riffs, lush strings, and a studio full of gorgeous gossamer effects grace album highlights “Do What You Will,” “Chills,” “White Are the Waves,” and the mesmerizing closer, “Charades.” In mood and feel, Papercuts is similar to Sub Pop label mates the Shins and Beach House in terms of gentleness and use of haunting melodies, yet with a more subtle backbeat. And though his breathy wisp of a voice is largely lost amidst the wash of sound, it’s fitting for such dreamy material. These are, after all, songs to get lost in.

Customer Reviews

not bad, but...

I miss the folk sound in they're first album "Can't Go Back". Do You Reallly Want To Know & Charades would be my fav from this album. Sub Pop is a good place for Papercuts to be.

Great album

I love every Papercuts album and especially loved the direction Jason went on his last album You Can Have What You Want. I was really hoping he was going to continue in that direction for this one but he decided to switch it up again. At first I was a little disappointed with the album but it has definitely grown on me with each listen. A must have for fans and newcomers.

Still love the sound, not as good as last album

You Can Have What You Want is an album everyone should have, this one is great too though, and I'm happy SubPop will bring these guys to new audiences. I'd love to hang at PanAmerican!


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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