San Francisco’s Papercuts are led by Jason Roberts Quever, a singer/songwriter whose already developed a reputation for tight, well written songs that have an almost detached day-dreamy quality that is both breezy and soaring. These qualities are a result of the excellent use of reverb enhanced vocals and tentative, but uplifting melodies. Indeed, Papercuts’ third album, You Can Have What You Want, is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, and I can strongly recommend it. It is a warm, soothing album that is perfect for night-driving or curling up with a relaxing glass of red wine in a dim-lit living room after a difficult day.
You Can Have What You Want is another unusually solid, successfully coherent album that plays well from start to finish. Opening track “Once We Walked In The Sunlight” features quivering vintage organs and tight, controlled percussion which serve to elevate Quever’s vocals. “Jet Plane” is a sleepy, beautiful epic that floats high above ground that almost sounds like the musical equivalent of watching something at a distance moving slowly across the horizon. “Future Primitive” is blissful, and easily one of the album’s highlights: a track that is definitely worth evaluating. Check out the MP3s provided below, and If you like what you hear, support Papercuts by picking up their album over at Insound or (ever better) your local record store.
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