Jason Quever aka Papercuts was raised on a commune in Humboldt County, California. Orphaned at a young age Jason travelled up and down the US West Coast before finally settling in San Francisco in the late 90s.
Papercuts initially began as a 4 track recording project, in 2001. Jason recorded his first album as Papercuts (entitled Mockingbird) in 2004, and following this he set up his own recording studio, Pan American Recording Studios, which he filled to the rafters with vintage analogue equipment. Jason went on to record and play on records by Port O’Brien, The Donkeys, Still Flyin’, Donovan Quinn, The Skygreen Leopards, Vetiver and Devendra Banhardt and many more local west coast luminaries.
However, he had not forgotten Papercuts and returned in 2007 with Cant Go Back, a beautiful set of songs which garnered great press (Pitchfork gave Cant Go Back an 8.3 while Spin said Papercuts were one of the top 5 emerging San Franciscan bands).The album was released on Devandra Banhardt and Andy Cabic of Vetiver’s label Gnomonsong. Support tours with Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Vetiver immediately followed. Jason subsequently joined the Beach House live band playing drums on their 2008 tour.
Once free from Beach House duties 2008 Jason started on his third album You Can Have What You Want this time touching on ’80s/’90s Creation and 4AD records, The Zombies, 60′s French pop and even CAN’s Future Days. You Can have What You Want is built on pulsing bass and Kraut-via-Ringo drum rhythms, with Jason’s fragile falsetto draped in a distorted reverb gauze. All the tracks were recorded on to tape because, as Jason says, “it just sounds better” and the album features contributions from Beach House’s Alex Scally and Graham Hill.
You Can Have What You Want is a moving gem of an album, a summer memory refracted through a lens, misty in the middle as well as at the edges, illuminated from within as a glow brings out a haze.