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Richard Papiercuts "IF" LP

Richard Papiercuts "IF" LP


Side A: How It Really Begins, Bull And Cup Relax, Peanut Butter Is Back, The Sorrow Of Faith, Twelve Days

Side B: They Tried To Change me, Now I've Found You, Tired Of Playing The Drums, Personality, Manhattanville


Influenced in equal measure by both sides of the street and the
top and bottom of the charts, Richard Papiercuts’ “IF” sets a new
standard for ambitious pop music on a shoestring budget.
Meticulously recorded throughout New York City over the course
of a turbulent year, Papiercuts & co. traffic in shades of light and
dark. Like a master of ceremonies at an underground cabaret,
Papiercuts -- a mystery man of uncertain origin and pedigree -- is
an expert guide to the many quandaries of a modern metropolitan
existence. “IF” is unafraid to explore a complex inner life rife with
anxiety and doubt, yet reveling in the sensual pleasures only the
contemporary cityscape can provide. “IF” is the ultimate marriage
of subversive, underground sensibilities and classic songwriting
craftsmanship silhouetted on a larger-than-life canvas. This music
encompasses an ordinary life played out in widescreen. We are all
our own celluloid heroes, Papiercuts seems to be telling us.
Embrace your starring role, be your biggest fan.

“How It Really Begins” opens the album as an interruption -- the
band in mid-rock-out -- a throbbing pulse peppered with sudden
starts and stops, used here not as demonstrations of musical
prowess, but as building blocks of tension. Papiercuts’ deep voice
walks a thin line between utter sincerity and gentle mocking --
here used to excellent effect as the band engages in a sort of
stately post-punk, all jagged propulsion and knowing winks. “How
It Really Begins” is a suitably thrilling beginning to the masterful
new album by enigmatic troubadour Richard Papiercuts. “Bull
and Cup Relax” is a slowly twisting trip through latter-day psychpop,
an update on Tears For Fears’ update on The Beatles. Future
smash “Peanut Butter Is Back” features an instant hook that could
be chanted by cheerleaders or groups of school children. Viral
YouTube videos are waiting in the wings for this one....

Dousing cocaine dreams in cascades of champagne, “The Sorrow
Of Faith” is a late-night lament that summons decadent images of
1980s excess -- an attempt to maintain an unsustainable harem,
and no amount of silk pillows will cushion the inevitable fall.
Bryan Ferry is on the phone right now, asking his manager why
nobody has brought him a song this good in years. “The Sorrow
OF Faith” works perfectly as both reflecting pool and enticing
come-on -- it is the hand that reaches out from the darkness to
clasp your own. “Twelve Days” is a beautiful pop-psych gem that
gleams like The Byrds covering The Velvet Underground. The
song tries to hide its darkness from you, but it is unmistakably
present in the gently roiling verses. “They Tried To Change Me”
taps back into Richard Papiercuts’ aggressive side, utilizing sheets
of guitars and a pounded piano to air its complaints. “Now I’ve
Found You” leans hard into its romantic overtures, but allows
them to include family into its lovefest. “Tired Of Playing The
Drums” is some kind of funhouse mirror take on a Dire Straits or
Don Henley ‘80s chestnut. It shouldn’t work, but it does, and how.
The smoldering Papercuts of “Personality” is the smoothest talker
at the bar, and you can’t resist his charms; the music swooning
and swelling along with you. After such an eventful journey,
“Manhattanville” is the perfect endpoint, its deadpan coda telling
us that “Life is only so long.”

Richard Papiercuts is adult music made by adult adults. “IF” is an
album that harkens back to the old world of Brecht and Weill,
Bowie and Cale -- and is surely one of 2015’s boldest musical

"There are certain little details you can pick out that confirm underground music culture is in trouble, like the fact that I’ve never heard anyone I know (or don’t know) talk about Richard Papiercuts (besides myself, late at night, into a mirror)." - Yellow Green Red

"This is so good, so, so, so, good" - Casting Couch

"A Monster, really." - Mitch Cardwell, MRR

"...there's no other artist like him these days, and he's one of the top songwriters we have out there, cherish him while you can and never write him off as some charlatan trying to make a schticky retro LP -- ... " RK, Terminal Boredom

"His solo work blends post-punk, old school rock n' roll, soul and other influences held together with his distinctive melodramatic, on-if-not-over-the-edge vocal style. Outsider art? Maybe, but accessible." - Bill Pearis, BkVegan

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