Jerry Paper shares latest track from his new album

Following the release of previous singles 'Quicksand' and 'Puppeteer', 'Cholla', is the latest track from Jerry Paper's upcoming album Abracadabra, out May 15.
Posted: 22 April 2020 Words: Chris Hartmann Photos: Logan White

Jerry Paper has released his latest single 'Cholla', the newest track from his upcoming album Abracadabra, out May 15 on Stones Throw Records. "Cholla is a snapshot in the life of a mouthwash-drinking desert dweller, someone who viscerally believes in and lives the harshness of the world. Warped by American individuality and isolation, brutality is the only constant of their philosophy." The track follows previous singles' Quicksand' and 'Puppeteer'


Jerry Paper is Lucas Nathan. Jerry Paper is instant coffee, bullshit jobs, weekly therapy sessions, crises of conscience, corporate mascots, 5meo-DMT trips, jokers down on their luck, surveillance, apologies, trash cans, cacti, and the magic of words. From its initial days as a DIY solo synth project in the early 2010s to its current incarnation as a five-piece band, Jerry Paper has always been the earthly conduit for the wild and uncanny imagination of its creative mastermind. 

Abracadabra is about the significance and limitations of language, written and recorded at a time when Nathan was rediscovering the power of words, stories and symbols. And so, with words crowding his brain and MIDI arrangements sketched out, Nathan magicked the new Jerry Paper album into existence. Over thirteen songs, he serves up a blend of jazzy instrumentation with soft-rock stylings and some seriously catchy earworms, forging a style that hints at the avant-pop of Scott Walker, the sweet enchantment of Paul McCartney, and the cryptic, smooth grooves of Steely Dan. 

Abracadabra is many things at once: arch and sincere, bizarre and all too real, funny and melancholic — the work of an artist living in a world when despair so often tips over into ridiculousness, sometimes the only thing left to do is laugh.

To hear more from Jerry Paper, click here.

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