Do you ever listen to an artist and think, “this is really weird…but REALLY good”? Ticking off equal parts odd and astounding, Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Lucas Nathan is best known by his onstage alias, Jerry Paper. Originally averse to anything electronic in his musical tastes, Nathan’s experience tinkering around with a friends’ synthesizer quickly changed his mind and began releasing albums under his new moniker in the early 2010s. One quick listen shows just how much Nathan’s deadpan vocals match up with his own quirks as a lyricist, often exploring themes of alternate universes and what it genuinely means to be a human.
Backed by a five piece for his live performances, Nathan’s lo-fi sound and obsessive songwriting has earned him tour spots along with BADBADNOTGOOD, Mac Demarco, Mild High Club and more. It’s been a bit since Nathan released some new recorded material, that said Jerry Paper made his Stones Throw debut last month with a single in anticipation of a forthcoming project coming later this year. While we can only guess as to the eccentricities present on that upcoming album, right now you can break out of your chrysalis, shed your ego and be free with “Your Cocoon.”
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