San Francisco’s Papercuts is the multifaceted singer / songwriter / producer Jason Quever. His latest effort on Life Among the Savages, offers up a unique blend of baroque, chamber, and psych-pop, resulting in Quever’s most precise production to date. Recorded in his San Francisco studio, this release offers up a collection of songs that encompass all of indie rock’s most endearing elements. Quever’s haunting melodies coupled with jangly guitar hooks and whimsical string arrangements serve as a refreshing take on the genre. The album’s most blissful moments can be found in the title track “Life Among the Savages” where Beach House‘s Alex Scally’s arrangement contribution elevates the track’s dreamy sound. Other album highlights include the cinematic opener “Still Knocking At The Door” and the hypnotic “Staring At the Bright Lights”, all of which refine the chamber pop sound.
With nearly five Papercuts releases under his belt, Life Among the Savages proves to be Jason Quever’s strongest, most concise release to date. It’s an assortment of songs perfectly crafted for Quever’s sincere storytelling, impeccable production, and unique batch of unforgettable melodies.
“‘Still Knocking At The Door’ continues Quever‘s penchant for warm, winsome melodies, ending up with what sounds like one of his most rock-solid singles yet.”
– Pitchfork Media
“The album’s title track is just as much of a luscious swoon as the single that preceded it, with orchestral flourishes that make Jason Quever’s cooed ‘I choose war’ all the more eerie, and it suggests that Papercuts is returning in top form.”
RIYL: Beach House, Jacco Gardner, Atlas Sound, Real Estate, The War On Drugs
Recommended Tracks: Track #1 “Still Knocking At The Door”, #2 “New Body”, #3 “Life Among The Savages”, #8 “Afterlife Blues”
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Label: Easy Sound Recording Company