Published Feb 17, 2009I've had an early advance of You Can Have What You Want but unfortunately, since it arrived three long months before its release date (April 14), I've had to sit on my excitement until promotion for it began. Thankfully Gnomonsong has finally unleashed that first track into the blogosphere and I feel free to rave. I was a great admirer of Papercuts' last album, 2007's Can't Go Back, but as soon as I saw the obligatory description for its follow-up, well, I knew I'd become an even greater admirer.
Here's how the band's press release spins it: "This obsessively all analog effort (no computer processing here whatsoever!) cuts across several eras of dreamy sound: '80s/'90s Creation and 4AD records, The Zombies, '60s French pop, even CAN's Future Days, and then there's the inevitable connection to former tourmates Beach House & Grizzly Bear."
Normally these RIYL associations are often exaggerated and far from accurate but I can't knock this one. And though it's only one song of the album's ten, you can hear distinct traces of most of those references, especially the tom-heavy bop of the Zombies, the shoegaze haze in the chorus and the intricacies of that progressive melodic folk heard in both their former tour-mates and the previous work of main Papercut Jason Quever.
Best of all though, "Future Primitive" isn't even the album's highlight.
Papercuts "Future Primitive"