Papercuts – “Do What You Will” (Stereogum Premiere)

Jason Quever has a way with shadows. It’s like everything he does is partially submerged in darkness. His press photos are often out of focus. In his songs, his voice drifts — occasionally hides — within the psychedelic dream pop’s downcast haze. That feel continues on his Papercuts’s fourth album Fading Parade via its nighttime blend of strings, autoharp, Mellotron, Moogs, 12-string acoustic guitars, piano, echoplexes, etc. Take a listen to the soaring whisper of first single “Do What You Will.” Sub Pop get a couple points for describing the sound as “Belle & Sebastian teaming up with Slowdive and recording with Phil Spector,” though this never feels so twee.

Papercuts – “Do What You Will”

Fading Parade:

01 “Do You Really Wanna Know”
02 “Do What You Will”
03 “I’ll See You Later, I Guess”
04 “Chills”
05 “The Messenger”
06 “White Are the Waves”
07 “Wait Till I’m Dead”
08 “Marie Says You’ve Changed”
09 “Winter Daze”
10 “Charades”

Fading Parade is out 3/1 via Sub Pop. (You’ll can pre-order it now. If you do, you’ll receive a 3-song CDR of unreleased bonus tracks.) A month earlier, on 2/1, the label’s releasing a “Do What You Will” b/w “Thoughts On Hell” 7″. You can pre-order that as well. The band’s touring with frequent travel companions (and remix pals) Beach House that month, too:

02/16 – Manchester, UK @ The Music Box
02/17 – Manchester, UK @ The Music Box
02/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
02/23 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
02/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
02/25 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
02/26 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

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