San Francisco Indie/Baroque from Papercuts tonight. From a session recorded at BBC 6 Music for the Marc Riley program on August 18, 2009.
Papercuts is the musical project of California singer-songwriter and producer Jason Robert Quever, and various guest musicians. Quever was born and raised in Humbolt California, spending a number of his early years in a commune, then moving to the Bay Area at the age of 10. Both his parents died in his teen years. After moving to San Francisco and studying at SFSU, Quever started Papercuts as a solo project, releasing his first proper album “Mockingbird” in 2004. In 2007 came the critically acclaimed “Can’t Go Back”, followed by 2009’s “You Can Have What You Want”, both on Gnomonsong Records. 2011’s “Fading Parade” was released by Sub Pop records, which was followed by a period where Quever focused on producing. He currently runs a recording studio in downtown Los Angeles. Quever is also known for producing artist such as Cass McComb’s early work, as well as artists such as Dean Wareham (Galaxy 500), and Beach House. A sixth Papercuts Album on Oakland’s Slumberland records entitled “Parallel Universe Blues” is being released in October 2018.
Papercuts covered Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” for American Laundromat Records charity CD Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies The CD was released worldwide on May 18, 2010.
The bands that Papercuts have toured with include Grizzly Bear, Beach House, Camera Obscura and Vetiver.
Quever is the only permanent member of Papercuts, early on playing with whoever of his friends were available. Bay area artist/filmmaker David Enos and Matt Popieluch have been the longest standing collaborators.
The Papercuts sound is generally classified as indie pop, with comparisons also being made to dream pop, shoegaze, and 60’s pop.
In a 2007 live review in the New York Times, Jon Pareles described the band: “Melding sustained organ chords with slow fingerpicked guitar, the Papercuts’ music merged Velvet Underground ballads with touches of the Byrds, while Jason Quever sang in a high, diffident voice about elusive love.” A PopMatters review described Papercuts as “a marching band on Quaaludes” and “part atmospheric, part dream pop rock, always melodic, and never boring”. A Houston Press review of Can’t Go Back described the album as having a “warm, sunny sound, recalling northern California circa 1968”, going on to describe the band as “a lo-fi version of The Byrds”.
All that said, hit the play button and crank it up – and be prepared for amazement.