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New Papercuts session at Yours Truly, plus details of new single!

By October 23, 2009No Comments

Cover art for new Papercuts single “White Are The Waves”

Papercuts are on tour with Camera Obscura this Nov. & Dec.

Papercuts released album number three, You Can Have What You Want, earlier this year and they recently stopped by the Yours Truly studios to perform a couple tracks from that release. They’ve also been working on new material, and will release a new 7″ and digital single for the brand new song “White Are The Waves” on Nov. 10 on Gnomonsong, just in time for their tour with Camera Obscura. The B-side of the single will be a re-working of a track from YCHWYW, “A Dictator’s Lament” (Neighbors Remix) – Neighbors is Andy Cabic of Vetiver and producer Thom Monahan.


Papercuts’ You Can Have What You Want is the newest phase in Jason Quever’s ongoing pop investigations. The relatively earthbound happy-sad pop of Mockingbird & Can’t Go Back is now launched into the vault of the skies. Here Quever delves further into epic, hazy pop using mostly vintage organs, pulsing bass & Kraut-via-Ringo-inspired drum rhythms. Intact from those earlier efforts are Quever’s sense of arrangement and drama, as well as his soaring vocals, draped in reverb gauze.

The words reveal an obsession with mortality and things cosmic, while sonically the voice acts as another instrument. This obsessively all analog effort (no computer processing here whatsoever!) cuts across several eras of dreamy sound: 80’s/90’s Creation & 4AD records, The Zombies, 60’s French pop, even CAN’s Future Days, & then there’s the inevitable connection to former tourmates Beach House & Grizzly Bear. Indeed, Beach House’s Alex Scally helped with some of the arrangements, but You Can Have What You Want is its own strain of addictive pop. For many, it will be the blissful / melancholy jam of the summer.


11/18 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s +
11/19 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree +
11/20 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse +
11/21 Norfolk, VA Attucks Theatre +
11/22 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg +
11/24 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Ballroom +
11/25 Rochester, NY German House +
11/26 Toronto, ONT Phoenix +
11/27 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom +
11/28 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom +
11/30 Bloomington, IN Bluebird +
12/01 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway +
12/02 Oxford, MS The Lyric Oxford +
12/03 Athens, GA 40 Watt +

+ = w/ Camera Obscura

You Can Have What You Want
Street date: April 14, 2009

01 Once We Walked In The Sunlight
02 A Dictator’s Lament
03 The Machine Will Tell Us So
04 A Peculiar Hallelujah
05 Jet Plane
06 Dead Love
07 Future Primitive
08 You Can Have What You Want
09 The Void
10 The Wolf

Paper Cuts
White Are The Waves
Street date: Nov. 10, 2009

1. White Are The Waves
2. A Dictator’s Lament (Neighbors Remix)

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