I know fog isn’t the constant companion of everyone who lives in the Bay Area, but it is a fact of life for many of us who live in San Francisco and other areas closest to the coast.Â One day it is sunny and warm, and the next thing you know cold, damp fog is rolling down the street pushed forward by strong, chilling winds from the Pacific.Â And for me, taking long treks from neighborhood to neighborhood for any purpose loses a lot of its appeal on these windy, foggy days.Â The secret is that you learn to roll with the fog.Â To accept it.Â Make the most of the fact that the weather outside makes you want to hole-up inside.Â And the best way to do that?Â Make a warm, comforting meal with some friends or a loved one and listen to warm, comforting music, of course.Â And it goes without saying, but a bottle or two of wine helps contribute to the atmosphere.Â Unsurprisingly, I have recommendations for recipes to prepare and albums to listen to and have ready for this contingency: Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want and Evening Empire – Build The Myth Backwards.
Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want (paired with brandied plum clafoutis)
San Francisco’s Papercuts are led by Jason Roberts Quever, a singer/songwriter whose already developed a reputation for tight, well written songs that have an almost detached day-dreamy quality that is both breezy and soaring. These qualities are a result of the excellent use of reverb enhanced vocals and tentative, but uplifting melodies. Indeed, Papercuts’ third album, You Can Have What You Want, is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, and I can strongly recommend it. It is a warm, soothing album that is perfect for curling up with a relaxing glass of red wine, sharing good conversation with friends after a delicious meal, or sharing a meal for two in a dim-lit living room on a cold, foggy day.