Listening to the last couple of Papercuts albums, it struck me how readily Jason Quever’s songs evoke chamber pop music from a not-too-distant past from a fresh but familiar perspective. Fading Parade (2011) is the latest outlet for his brand of pop nostalgia that puts Papercuts in the same brackets as their friends Beach House and Grizzly Bear, also featuring some of the band’s most elegant song arrangements yet. The melancholic undertow of “Winter Daze” is filtered through the veins of snow strewn somnolence, where Quever’s vocals ache as pensively as someone’s dreamy introspection in the perishable hours of winter light. How strangely, how fair. – Keith.
Fading Parade is available on Sub Pop.