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Videos by American Songwriter

Videos by American Songwriter

Having developed a small but devoted following on a pair of understated and utterly gorgeous full-length releases, Papercuts’ Jason Quever isn’t the kind of songwriter to make grand gestures.

Label: GNOMONSONG

[Rating: 4 STARS]

Having developed a small but devoted following on a pair of understated and utterly gorgeous full-length releases, Papercuts’ Jason Quever isn’t the kind of songwriter to make grand gestures. And while he’s hardly opting for easy melodrama on You Can Have What You Want, he has created one of the most emotionally rich albums of the year with little more than his softly aching tenor and a stack of vintage organs. More than any album in recent memory, these songs define the words “dream pop,” with Quever constructing impressionistic vignettes out of illusory images and walls of oscillating organs that become more and more engrossing as they swirl and swoon around his reverb-drenched vocals. From the somber violins and echo chamber harmonies of “Jet Plane” to the probing bass line and splashy drums of the Zombies-esque “Future Primitive,” he emerges as a true sonic magician, the rare songwriter who creates a parallel universe that becomes more mysterious every time you press “play.”


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