This is our year end list for albums of the year. There’s four of us here, so it’s hard to come to a consensus, but we did our best. Feel free to argue and tell us where we went wrong; we realize our list is quite a bit different than most. Read more
We’re just about a week away from the release of the new Papercuts album, and the band just released one of my favorite tracks from the LP. I love the underlying energy from the rhythm section, which works in contrast to the smoky haze of Jason Quever’s voice; the guitar’s, too, carry on an energetic tone. It’s the perfect juxtaposition, allowing the listener to get carried away by the uplifting spirit, whilst still delving into moments of reflection. If you’re willing to let music carry you away again, perhaps you’ll pick up Parallel Universe Blues on October 17th via Slumberland.
The opening minute of this new Papercuts tune has this bounding haze, matched by the obscured characters in the video; it’s got an infectious bounce that builds right into Jason Quever’s opening vocal lines. I don’t know what it is, but something about the way his voice is recorded just give me this imaginary sense of weightlessness; he does switch up the tone as he lets his voice fall atop the mix in what is perhaps the chorus. Eventually, the vocals fade into the background and we traverse through the video as the rest of the band come full circle back to the original bounding notes. This tune appears on Parallel Universe Blues, which is being released on October 19th via Slumberland Records.
Jason Quever has always seemed to work on his own terms. He’s recorded your favorite band, and he’s sporadically released his own work under the Papercuts moniker. As of late, he’s been hinting at new stuff, and finally it’s before us; plus, he signed with one of our favorite labels, Slumberland. The song has an interesting opening, with varying lines taking you in different directions…there’s a light-hearted bouncing line while a forlorn acoustic is strummed. It sets you up for a balancing act between two worlds, leaving the perfect opening for Quever to enter with his voice. I like to hear the intimate little details he adds to his work, and there are definitely a few hiding in here from the casual ear. So, jump right in, all the way in, and ready yourself for Parallel Universe on October 19th.
There’s something about this new track from Kuroma that reminds me of Papercuts; it begins rather innocently before building into this huge pop opus. The swelling burst of brilliance is accented by string orchestration, bouncing playfully during the song’s chorus. Oh, and if you’re listening to the lyrics here, then you’ll notice that the song’s a pretty nice ode to songwriter Hank Sullivant’s wife. This song will feature on the band’s new LP, The Dark Horse Rides Again, which comes out on October 14th via Votiv.
I’m not sure how late I am to this party, as the work seems to just recently have been released, but the songs below have been floating around for a wee bit…so I’m late. But, that being said, I think anyone who listens to the two tracks below is likely to become just as enamored with Planeausters as I am. The first tune has a bit of a Papercuts feel, sending warmth through the speakers to your ears. The latter is one of the new tracks on the band’s new album, Humboldt Park, which takes on a more traditional Americana vibe of the best sort. Go give these tunes a listen, if you know what’s good for you.
These lists are everywhere, so you’ll be excused if you just roll your eyes and skip on. But, that being said, we always seem to be way off the mark when it comes to our Top 50 Albums of the Year. Sure, we have some of the sure fire hits on this list like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, but don’t even read on if you’re look ing to see where Run the Jewels made it…they’re not there. Sorry not sorry. So, if you’re into arbitrary lists by people who like to push their own agenda, then this list is for you! Read more
It’s still rather early in the year to start talking about best records of the year and what not, but as we’re midway through 2014, every one is doing it…so why not join in the fun. But, with this in mind, remember that these lists are arbitrary, and if anything, pretty meaningless in the long run; you never know if your thoughts will change in six months…and really, they’re just like, our opinions man. We’ll have two sections…one for national albums and another section of Austin albums released up to this point in 2014. Read more
Listening to the newest single from The Skygreen Leopards, it’s no surprise that the album had some studio work applied by Jason Quever of Papercuts fame. It’s got that rich feeling you get with most of the music Jason’s worked on, including his own, which provides this whispering warmth that allows the listener to attach themselves to the songs internal melody. This song has a nice steady pace, worked around the connection between the guitar lines and the piano pieces. You’ll be able to check more from the group when they release Family Crimes on July 8th via Woodsist.
Jason Quever is one of those artists that I personally feel needs to write more; it’s not because I don’t appreciate what he’s done, but rather that I adore it so much that I swoon every time I hear of new music he’s putting out as Papercuts. It’s been just over three years since we’ve heard from Jason, but we can forgive that as I know he’s had his hand in producing several great albums. Be it the way he’s written his lyrics on albums like Fading Parade or Can’t Go Back (my favorite), or the construction of the songs themselves, there’s nothing to ignore. His new record is titled Life Among the Savages; it will have a release date of May 6th via Easy Sound. I mean, just listen to this song.