PAPERCUTS – ” Past Life Regression “

Posted: April 23, 2022 in MUSIC

Bands inspired by Californian psychedelics from the late 60s are plentiful, bands that make music of the beauty of Papercuts’ Past Life Regression are extremely rarePast
Life Regression, the seventh album by the American band Papercuts, only needs a few notes to drag you back decades in time. Let the album of the band from San Francisco come out of the speakers, close your eyes, and you imagine yourself in the California of the ‘summer of love’. The great thing about Papercuts’ music is that on the one hand it sounds wonderfully authentic and nostalgic, but on the other hand the band around Jason Quever subtly incorporates influences from a much later date. Past Life Regression is an album to dream away from, but in the meantime you don’t want to miss a note of all the musical splendor on this album. World record.

The American band Papercuts exists twenty years this year and releases its seventh album this month. None of the previous six seem even remotely familiar to me, but I am very charmed by the Past Life Regression, which was published this month, which caught me off guard immediately on the first listen.

Papercuts are from San Francisco and in the opening track of her new album takes you to the California of the late 60s and early 70s with intoxicating analogue synths, irresistibly sunny guitar runs and extraordinarily dreamy vocals. The opening track of “Past Life Regression” could be 50 years or 60 years old, until the guitars at the end might be a bit too much derailed. “Past Life Regression” by Papercuts often derails this, but the music of Papercuts remains music from times gone by, with a contemporary touch here and there.

Papercuts is a project by American musician Jason Quever, who also holds all the strings on the band’s seventh album and draws outside of the drums and women’s vocals for everything the album has to offer. And “Past Life Regression” has a lot to offer.

In the songs in which the authentic sounding synths and organs dominate and the layers of The Mamas & The Papas like men’s and women’s vocals sound especially dreamy, I hear some echoes of a band like The Zombies, when the cello is used the Fab Four immediately appear, but when the guitars dominate and sound wonderfully elementary, you can hear that Jason Quever is especially indebted to the oeuvre of The Velvet Underground.

I mentioned the music of Papercuts above music from a bygone era with a contemporary touch and that is not as simple as it seems. There are a number of light years between The Velvet Underground and The Jesus & Mary Chain and between The Zombies and Echo & The Bunnymen, but Papercuts bridges these distances in a few chords.

In general, however, it is good to stay in the musical landscape of the San Francisco of the late 60s, in which Papercuts can work in a wide field. “Past Life Regression” occasionally sounds like a collector full of obscure psychedelics from this decade, although Papercuts is almost immediately a band that in that case should immediately exchange obscurity for eternal fame.

However, Papercuts is a band of today and will have to compete with a lot of other bands that get the mustard in the California of the late 60s. It’s stiff competition, but Papercuts can handle it. “Past Life Regression” is an album that can only make you very happy and it is also an album that is a lot more interesting and versatile musically and vocally than all bands that can be caught with the broad label neo-psychedelics.

It is a label that also fits Jason Quever’s band, although Papercuts is much more than neo-psychedelics as far as I’m concerned, if only because the American musician also subtly incorporates influences from slowcore, lo-fi, jangle pop and shoegaze into his music and signs for a production for which Phil Spector would not have been ashamed. As I said, I was immediately over on first listen, but now I cherish this album as one of the highlights of the still fairly young music year 2022.

released April 1st, 2022

All songs written and recorded by Jason Quever.
3, 4, 5, 9 lyrics written by Jason Quever and Donovan Quinn.
Amy Marco – backing vocals on 1, 4, 6, 7.
Will Halsey – drums on 3, 4.

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