PAPERCUTS – You Can Have What You Want (2009)

Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want I am jealous of Jason Quever; he lives in a simpler time, a time when pop (in all its splendor and glory) was everything. Now, after pondering it for a while, I can say that yes, I do prefer our modern musical era, but the allure of the realm that Quever works in is almost too great to resist. Much like Beach House, Quever’s music is firmly crystalised in the dreamy pop of generations past, and he sounds as if he himself emanating from the yellowed-edges of old LP sleeves in father’s basement.

You Can Have What You Want (much like its predecessor, 2007’s Can’t Go Back), is an album full of deft and wonderful melodies that will often have you doing a double-take just to make sure the recording you’re listening to is really from 2009 (Dictator’s Lament, for example, is reminiscent of Crimson and Clover in its vocal melody). The instrumentation Quever uses is diverse without being flashy (guitar/bass/drums, and the occasional organ line), and the album sounds warm and rich (plenty of reverb, and a nice, spacey mix that’s thankfully not overly loud like so much modern recording is).

Now, let it be known that I don’t hold anything against modern pop (there’s a lot of different directions you can take it, after all). But there’s something about Papercuts’ music that seems almost timeless. And given that, I can safely recommend this album to damn near anyone. Yeah. Anyone. You know who you are.


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