Papercuts bores with latest release

Album review of Papercuts’ “Life Among the Savages”

By Katie Connor | May 8, 2014

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Papercuts is the moniker of San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Jason Quever. For over a decade, Quever has churned out lo-fi, wistful indie pop, and I’m certain most hipsters own at least one of his songs. His latest effort, “Life Among the Savages,” is no different from any of his previous releases.

I wish I could point out a standout track that’s memorable enough to download. Sadly, there isn’t one.

Quever’s high-pitched, breathy vocals and melancholic melodies carry on throughout the record. The album is an easy listen, but the lack of variety makes all the songs run together. Differentiating between track one and track nine is difficult.

This is Quever’s first self-produced album, recorded entirely at his home studio; perhaps being at home allowed him too much of a comfort zone. Quever takes no risks, and his woodsy arrangements put me to sleep –– and not in a good way.

If you’re looking for the perfect summer indie record, then I suggest looking elsewhere. “Life Among the Savages” fails to separate itself from the masses of other indie pop records already in existence.

MOVE gives “Life Among the Savages” 1 out of 5 Stars.

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