Following a move to Canada, British expat Tim Crabtree was welcomed into the warm heart of that nation's music community. Playing as Paper Beat Scissors, intimate and intense performances from coast-to-coast across Canada drew audiences in with Tim's inimitable, haunting voice, disorienting vocal loops and persistent finger-picked guitar.
Produced by Michael Feuerstack (Bell Orchestre) and mixed by Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara, the self-titled debut was released earlier this year in Canada on Forward Music, and gets it's UK release on 2 December. Instrumentally, the palettes shift from hypnotic loops through full brass arrangements and screaming lap steel to stripped-back acoustic guitar and layered vocals. The album is filled with the finest hands and voices the Canadian music community has to offer including Pietro Amato (the Luyas) and Sebastian Chow (Islands). The response was incredible; Paper Beat Scissors collected rave reviews, garnered regular national airplay and found its way onto best-of the year lists.
Paper Beat Scissors was billed as a 'must-see' act of the summer by the CBC in 2012, played festival headline slots and shared the stage with the likes of Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters) and Great Lake Swimmers. An onstage collaboration with Clogs (regular collaborators and members of the National and My Brightest Diamond) was released as a limited-edition 7" for International Record Store Day 2013.
UK DATES 2013
November 30: London - The Borderline
December 3: Norwich - Bicycle Shop
December 7: Newcastle - Head of Steam
December 8: Stockton on Tees - the Waiting Room
December 9: York - City Screen Basement Bar
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