Paper Beat Scissors
Shares animated video for new single, “Gracia”
New Spanish-language EP: La Mitad – April 30, 2021
Out via Forward Music Group
Lancashire, UK-born but now Montréal-based musician, Paper Beat Scissors, a moniker for Tim Crabtree and tipped previously by NPR, Rolling Stone, PopMatters, and BBC Radio, is today sharing the animated video for new single, “Gracia”, directed by Dominican artist Tomás Pichardo Espaillat – watch/listen here. The new music/video arrives as the latest installment from his forthcoming Spanish EP, La Mitad – a reworking of select tracks taken from his 2019-released album, Parallel Line – which is set for release via beloved Halifax, Nova Scotia label, Forward Music Group on April 30, 2021.
This new single, “Gracia” marks another scintillating cut from the new EP following on the heels of the Beats Per Minute and Folk Radio UK-tipped single “Formas.” “‘Gracia’ is a song about how every one of us is flawed,” explains Crabtree. “In confronting this fallibility there is tremendous power that kindness and acceptance from others can have in the face of our own failures.” Musically the string quartet and finger-picked acoustic guitar move in concert, languidly, back and forth between disorienting, tense chords and peaceful resolutions in the verses before the plaintive cried question of the first chorus “Me mandas fuera hacia al frío ¿es eso tanto?”/“You send me out in the cold: is it enough?” is answered in the second “no es tanto”/“it’s not enough”. The dreamlike accompanying animated video explores and plays with the theme of transition, a theme perfectly mirrored through its many shifts in animation styles.
Paper Beat Scissors offers this enchanting and stunning ensemble, reflecting in the equally tranquillizing animation to accompany the release. This intimate creation shares this emotional pull at the core of the release.
The seed for the La Mitad project was planted in slightly surreal circumstances during a summer trip to Nova Scotia where Crabtree had been flown in to cameo as Freddie Mercury during Halifax’s annual Pride concert. Killing time before the show, he’d had the urge to listen to a song he’d adored in his youth: “Just Another Day”, an over-anguished power ballad by Gloria Estefan’s backup singer, Jon Secada. After the song finished, the streaming service autoplay cued up a Spanish version of the song that Crabtree hadn’t realised existed. Hearing such a familiar song in a different form set something off in Crabtree’s mind, and when he returned from the trip, he set about translating the songs from Parallel Line that he felt would carry best in Spanish.
Crabtree learned and fell in love with Spanish whilst conducting field research in Argentina for his master’s degree. There’s a certain poetry to the decision to translate tracks from Parallel Line: what better source material than an album about communication and connection? In the act of translation, he’s attempting to remove a barrier to connection. Crabtree also hopes that the project can serve to remove barriers and connect him differently, and perhaps more deeply, with his native English-speaking audience. “The “sense” of the lyrics is only one part of the communication that takes place in a song”, he says, “I have no idea what some of my favourite artists, the likes of Sigur Rós or Ichiko Aoba are singing about, but in some ways, not getting distracted by what I’m TOLD the song is about allows a more fundamental connection”.
You can pre-order La Mitad, out April 30, via this link
Paper Beat Scissors
April 30, 2021
via Forward Music Group