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by Paper Beat Scissors

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Flicker 04:19 video
Flicker, fall I was drowning Your full eyes call "This is sinew, this is muscle" "Come down", I call "I'll let you in here, but you can't stay here" A window, a door the cold that's in here was here before See right through my eyes, see nothing right Fall right through your hands, slip under, I push right through this I don't think I don't speak my mind in time We fall like matchsticks, the forest's on fire Flicker fall, I was drowning far from shore, take those numbers, so far out now drowned all four walls. Take them all out, shining, round, black All eyes console I'll pick you up now, put you down now
Wren 04:35 video
Wasted in the morning like your sleep-eyed majesty The feeling in the stomach, is it rising up to be: That I know that I shouldn't, but I'll call you, anyway As if it's too be He's talking to the puddle with the steeple on its side Your father started crowing, cos he didn't like the site Of all of these cliches bounding around my room My filter's on the blink I've won another battle now I think I'd better leave But all the seats are taken, so you're stranded next to me Now it seems as if the cynicism's eating you alive Feed it to me You snuck into my present with appalling energy Smashing all the china as you go I've never got a minute, but I've lasted all this time Leave it for me I've been scratching your names in the toilet walls "a figure of hope" she said, from all that was before "As if I wasn't tired of everyone's advice you've started catching fire" nauseous and tired He never thought that you were leaving for something better You never asked him why he couldn't stay Making decisions that will weigh on you forever "is this all platitudes?" I couldn't say "I get so nervous from just looking out the window, but you've got yourself an offer, now you can't say no" "He called your bluff with your city boy, he said that you've been a silly girl" Why do you hide all of this?
Bad Days 05:54
Back Out 04:16
Be Patient 05:49
Stealing nothing from something’s hands, I was blinding eyes bouncing off the sands I was paid for Look behind you and I’m not there. When you get to close you thin out the air I was over my head When you look at me as if you’ve never seen the wheels come off There’s cardboard filling spaces in the road Turn the corner laughing as the sentiment explodes Your gods have promised everything for you I’m as sick of this as you are, it’s not simple scratches, not subtle scars, this is painful (they know we know) Without meaning I burst through the clouds, I dried the soil out, I cracked the ground. Is this over? Because you look at me as if you’ve never seen the wheels come off There’s cardboard filling spaces in the pavement, in the road You turn the corner laughing as the sentiment explodes Your gods are putting everything on you


Flicker by Paper Beat Scissors. The debut EP by the Halifax, Nova Scotia, self-described 'Electro-hobo' project. Tim Crabtree recorded these songs after relocating from Burnley in the UK.

There's a bonus video by Southern Souls and la Blogotheque videographer Mitch Fillion (, filmed on a rooftop by Toronto's High Park.


released August 31, 2009

Tim Crabtree - voice, guitar, other things
Jessie Tesolin - cello (Flicker, Bad Days)
Ryan Veltmeyer - melodica (Wren, Bad Days)
Amy Lounder - violin (Flicker)
Joseph Crabtree - tom (Bad Days)

All words and music by Tim Crabtree except Track 3: Words - Tim Crabtree, Music - Jessie Tesolin, Ryan Veltmeyer, Joseph Crabtree, Tim Crabtree.




Paper Beat Scissors Montreal, Québec

Musical monstrosity deposited in Montreal, Quebec after the first years in Burnley, England.

Tim Crabtree’s haunting voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort.
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