Friday, March 1, 2013
:Papercutz-The Blur Between Us (2012)
A while back we talked about a series of free download compilation albums from Future Sequence. These discs are loaded with great finds. Among the golden, I discovered a Portuguese artist called :Papercutz. I didn't discover this album until late, or it might have made our year-end list.
"The Blur Between Us" has a diverse array of sounds on display throughout the record. Perhaps the defining characteristics are the brooding ambient undercurrents interspersed with electronic beats and flourishes of modern classical harmonics and percussion. These elements show an impressive depth that you simply can't get from any similar artist (if there is such a thing).
With a Cranberries-meets-Enya vocal style, the singing is what really sets this album apart as a can't-miss. The vocals are varied, but repetitive enough to maintain a distinct pop vibe. Not quite to the realm of electrogaze, the vocal stylings dwell mostly between dream pop and new world music. This is perhaps the area in which :Papercutz shines the most.
By that last line, I of course meant the figurative sense, because most of the music in this album is indeed cinematic and dark. The undertones of drone ambiance mixed with modern classical instrumentation lends the music an eerie feel. If this is not your thing, please be advised that this quality is not overt, nor is it an attempt to make the music a statement of what it is not. This is simply creative, emotional genius. "The Blur Between Us" is much more accessible than I have so far made it out to be. Do not underestimate the dream pop effects present in this album.
I normally don't enjoy much pop music; I'm not a musical purist. Therefore I enjoy a broad spectrum of styles that defy classification. Thus, :Papercutz has turned out to be right up my alley.
Get this album. It is perhaps the best album you didn't hear in 2012. Another thing to note is that if you order through the artist's bandcamp page, you get a bonus track which is a rather incredible cover of The Cure's Disintegration. Speaking of the :Papercutz bandcamp page, below you will find the full album stream. Just push play and let the music become you...or something like that. Thanks for reading and enjoy!