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From Los Angeles-based artist Lucas Nathan, Jerry Paper is a projection of his Self — mutated into a vessel for catharsis and self-caricature. Jerry's songs deal with matters of loneliness, transcendence, corruption, and existential contemplations, all filtered through his idiosyncratic lens. The latest full-length from Jerry Paper, 'Toon Time Raw!', is a continuation of Nathan’s 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 Feelings Unlimited, a jazz band who has asked to remain anonymous. Though the synth sax has been traded for real brass, it’s still the same Jerry songwriting. Emerging from a steady diet of Erasmo Carlos, Stereolab, Kevin Ayers, Prefab Sprout, Todd Rundgren, and Steely Dan with hefty doses of George Saunders and Don DeLillo, '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.

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