Label: Memphis Industries Website: The Papercuts’ sound, unlike the annoying laceration of a similar name, perfectly evokes the archetypal hazy Californian sunshine of Jason Quever’s (aka Papercuts) hometown, San Francisco. He manages to create a unique blend of delicate euphoric dark pop, reminiscent of 60’s psych-folk bands and The Velvet Underground. The new release You Can Have What You Want, with its surprisingly optimistic title, is Quever’s third full-length following the critically-acclaimed Can't Go Back. In a similar way to his previous labours, the album has a distinctive dreamy (dare I say it) retro sound, helped shaped by its lo-fi all-analogue recording- which, as Quever points out “just sounds better”. The album possesses a haunting ethereal atmosphere, which considering his unconventional personal history (being raised on a north-western Californian commune, finally drifting across America alone orphaned) is unsurprising. As if growing up on a commune and living the life of a nomad wasn’t cool enough, throughout his career thus far, Quever has worked with artists such as Beach House (one half of which appear on the album) Cass Mccombs and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone to name but a few. Overall, the album possesses a mellow melancholy mood, created in part through the use of iridescent fuzzy-reverb and Quever’s haunting androgynous vocals. This said, the album at times is able to evoke various moods, seen in the insistent, krautrock-like rhythm sections and soaring organ sounds (see in particular ‘The Void’ and ‘A Peculiar Hallelujah’ – my highlight of the album). On the first play, You Can Have What You Want can appear fairly samey. The mid-tempo rhythms, unrelenting organs and haunting vocals do become a little formulaic, but Quever manages to create an undeniably uplifting mood, the lush mellow backing and tender harmonies make this the perfect complement to a lazy summers day. Rating: 8/10