Los Angeles native Lucas Nathan has found a way to project a movingly sincere and serious voice under the guise of the deliberately un-serious alter-ego Jerry Paper. The video for Fuzzy Logic's "Reprogram Ourselves" is meant to be playful and insincere: Paper looking dejected and dorky, an IT worker for a generic and unfulfilling office job, wearing a tacky patterned shirt buttoned to the neck. Over the course of its three minutes, forty-five seconds, the character sees an opportunity for a sort of rebirth, entering a talent show and falling in love with a beautiful office co-worker. Ultimately, the open mic's crowd - including his crush - leaves right before his set and he's left alone on stage, brightly-colored streamers dangling from the ceiling like the end of some adolescent dream turned terribly wrong. And yet, through the lighthearted insincerity he is able to touch on realities, both personal and shared, small and large: deep loneliness, dreams of escape and corporate-flight, late-night Facebook stalking, a desire to be the object of affection rather than its admirer.
"Reprogram Ourselves," like much of Nathan's music, burns gorgeously and speaks pertinently for its entire duration. While his tracks bounce between reference points of the digital age, an aesthetic amalgam of everything between the early 2000s and present day, they still remain firmly planted within this world of computers, internet, and binary. More of his prolific Jerry Paper project can be found on his Bandcamp. He will be performing at Cameo Gallery Friday, March 13 at 8pm. His most recent album, Big Pop For Chameleon World, is out now on Orange Milk Records.