When you are lost in a haze of
ennui, confusion, alienation, yearning лл or you crave these sensations лл
you could do far worse than immerse yourself in Papercuts' You Can Have
What You Want
(Gnomonsong). It's a very lonely experience, but a cathartic one, as lonely
experiences often are.
The young man who created this music is Jason Quever. For reasons
known only to him, he's made a mesmerizing sort of pop, the kind that's
good for reverie: beautiful, not in a saccharine way, but in a vibrating,
memory-triggering way. You Can Have What You Want, his second full-length
following 2007's Can't Go Back, is a moving string of tunes that miraculously melt down
the minor-key daydreams of '60s and '70s British and American rock while
inventing a sound for emotions that feel familiar yet...not quite.
It's easy to project a lot on the maker of music like
this, imagining a stew pot of trauma that would've irretrievably colored
his POV a deep, dusty rose. As a youth, Quever grew up in and around
Humboldt County in northern California, then he moved to San Jose. Then he
lost his parents.