Jerry Paper Toon Time Raw! on Colored LP + Download
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From Los Angeles-based artist Lucas Nathan, Jerry Paper is a highly caricatured, stranger, and less categorizable representation of his Self – fulfilling his need for a sub-versive outlet and catharsis, in general. Jerry's songs thematically deal with matters of loneliness, transcendence, war mongering, and existential contemplations, all delivered with subtle humor.
The latest full-length from Jerry Paper is Toon Time Raw! which sees itself as a continuation of Nathan's of amoebic mission. Whereas his previous seven albums featured him alone – with his synthesizer, drum machine, and the occasional guitar – this new record features backing instrumentation from Easy Feeling Unlimited, a jazz band who have asked to remain anonymous. Though the synth sax has been traded for real brass, it's still the same Jerry songwriting.
Toon Time Raw! is a metamorphosis of Jerry's style that nonetheless retains his characteristic wit and sentimentality. Musically, the album fills the space somewhere between jazz-rock, sophisti-pop, and psychedelia. Lyrically, the album follows a cast of anthropomorphic animals navigating their cartoon reality, facing "the quotidian aches and pains of being a Being." Can you imagine if Martin Heidegger created Looney Tunes? Jerry already did.