RICHARD PAPIERCUTS: Twisting the Night: 12” EP

I initially wasn’t going to review this record because I don’t really know how to describe it. Is that the artist’s fault or mine? (Mine.) For my entire music review consuming life, my M.O. is: see if I know the artist/band being reviewed; see if I am familiar with the reviewer; see if the reviewer compares/contrasts to something I recognize. For better or worse, that’s how I express myself in my reviews. Richard Papiercuts writes and arranges intricate pop songs—not punk, not garage—so what I am I doing listening to this stuff? He can sing but doesn’t do so in a show off kind of way. He’s just a guy who knows how to use his voice as an instrument. How do I describe his singing? Baroque? Arch? Do I even know what I’m talking about? I feel like I’m not really doing this record justice. I like it quite a bit, but I’m failing you, dear reader, by not writing this review in a way that I would consume it if I were instead the reader. Twisting the Night is Papiercuts’ follow up to 2015’s If. Truthfully, the title is what got me. I want to name an album Twisting the Night! If pressed (by who? Myself!) to quantify, I’d say this record could easily have come out in the ’80s or ’90s or 2018, but I get a definite ’80s feel, especially with closer “World and Not-World (Twisting the Night).” But to what bands do I compare? I lack that ability right now. Buy this record; you’ll be doing yourself a favor. –Sal Lucci (Ever/Never, evernever-records.bandcamp.com)