Paper Beat Scissors



Bio

Tim Crabtree is a composer, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer based in Montréal, originally from North West England. Working across acoustic, orchestral and electronic approaches he has 6 international releases to his name and over a decade of recording and performing across Europe and Canada in the indie-folk realm under the moniker Paper Beat Scissors. International festival headline slots, BBC Radio sessions and Rolling Stone cover CD placements attest to the critical and public response to the music. He has performed self-arranged orchestrations of his work for chamber ensemble and full symphony orchestra across Canada and the new album Parallel Line features his first arrangements for string quartet with the much-lauded Warhol Dervish String Quartet (credits include Lhasa and Patrick Watson). An avid electronic music producer, his side project under his given name has seen over a million streams on Spotify.
 
A frequent collaborator, arranger and live and studio session musician, highlights include dozens of performances with “national treasure” (Globe and Mail) Michael Feuerstack, performing with Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry at a live iteration of his “Music for Heart and Breath” at the Banff Centre for the Arts and work with former Halifax poet-laureate Tanya Davis on her viral video “How to Be Alone” (over 8 million views) and her opening poem for the Canada Games in 2011 with the Canadian Prime Minister in attendance. Crabtree is in the process of translating “Parallel Line” into Spanish.

"The orchestration, paired with Crabtree's vocals, creates a feeling of something softer, something meditative and perhaps even hopeful." - Exclaim!

"cheeky and buoyant at once, lyrically questioning outside expectations atop a joyful guitar and a flourishing combination of organ and string quartet" - CBC Music

"a beautiful combination of indietronica, acoustic folk and baroque pop" - Riff Magazine

"Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful." - 'Whispering' Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"Crabtree’s voice yearns… Soon you’ll be drawn deep inside these enormously powerful layers of sound." - ★★★★ Rolling Stone Magazine Germany

info@paperbeatscissors.com

 

LABEL

CAN: Forward Music Group // kyle@forwardmusicgroup.com

EU: Ferryhouse Productions // mbo@ferryhouse.net

 

BOOKING

CAN/USA: Forward Music // Kyle Cunjak // booking@paperbeatscissors.com
DE: Queerbeat // Thomas Lechner // thomas@queerbeat.de
UK: Folklore // Ricky Damiani // folklore.damiani@gmail.com
FR: Faontastic // Clémence Vazard // clemence.faontastic@gmail.com

AT: Arcadia Live // Klaus Plewa // klaus@arcadia-live.com
PT: Cakes & Tapes // Diogo Soares Silva // cakestapes@gmail.com
 

PRESS

Forward Music Group // Kyle Cunjak // kyle@forwardmusicgroup.com

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Beat Paper Scissors New Single " What Am I Going to Do with Everything I Know"

"What Am I Going to Do with Everything I Know" may sound familiar to keen Canadian folk fans, as it's a cover of the title track from a 2014 EP by the Weather Station. And although Crabtree remains in reverence of the original, he's added his own flourishes to the track." - Sarah Murphy


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European Tour Dates 2016 & EU Release

Tim Crabtree is hitting the winter roads overseas from late January to March for an extensive run of solo Paper Beat Scissors shows that will take him into southern Europe for the first time.

This tour will shine light on the quieter, more intimate moments of the new album Go On, labelled by critics as a “haunting” (Rolling Stone Magazine), “splendid” (BBC Radio 6), “nearly magical” (CBC), “stunning” (NOW Toronto) collection that will “leave you breathless” (Exclaim!). Moving through Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal, the tour finishes in the UK to coincide with the release of Go On in that territory on February 17th, 2016.


New Video for Lawless

Paper Beat Scissors releases new video the powerful track "Lawless" off of the lastest album Go ON. The music video was directed by Montreal Director Derek Branscombe.