Gnar Tapes proudly presents the new lo-fi bedroom album by Particle Kid, the recording project of Micah Nelson! This is his 2nd full length this year and it’s filled all the way up with that gnice Gnar sound we love so much.
First edition of 50 available September 5th.
Second edition of 100 available September 21st.
There’s a lot that can be said about him and his music and here’s what the press release had to say:
Particle Kid Thinks Everything Is Bullshit
Micah Nelson Announces Second Full-Length Release of 2017
New Album Arriving Sept. 1 on CD, Digital Download, And Cassette
Upcoming Live Dates Include New York City Solo Residency
At The Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More
Full Band Performances Backed by Promise of the Real
Featured on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour 2017
Listen to the title track here:
(LOS ANGELES) Particle Kid – the ingenious musical identity of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, musician, and visual artist Micah Nelson – has announced the surprise release of his new album. EVERYTHING IS BULLSHIT arrives on CD and digital download on Friday, September 1; an exclusive cassette edition will be also be available from Gnar Tapes.
EVERYTHING IS BULLSHIT marks the second full-length release this year from Particle Kid, following the April arrival of his eponymous full-length debut. Much like PARTICLE KID – described by Nelson as “a love letter to the cosmos” – the new album offers a truly miraculous world of sound, landscaped by remarkable warmth, wit, and creativity. Songs like “Another Clean World” and the turbulent title track offer ample evidence of Nelson’s utterly unique aural approach, bridging sweet country pop, Laurel Canyon psychedelia, and jangly punk, his often-mysterious arrangements equally informed by tribal rhythms and Texas Swing. Fraught with uncompromising lyricism and haunting sonic surprises, EVERYTHING IS BULLSHIT marks another major milestone on Micah Nelson’s expansive and extraordinary musical journey.
“Don’t let the album’s title fool you into thinking this is a dark, angry, serious album,” Nelson says. “This was a very fun album to make. I spent more than half the time alone laughing at myself. Most of the songs are just made out of dreams and jokes.”
Recorded earlier this year at Nelson’s Gnomequarters studio, EVERYTHING IS BULLSHIT was written and performed almost entirely by Nelson, with contributions from such fellow musicians as legendary session bassist Paul Bushnell. Though still in the midst of recording PARTICLE KID, Nelson began collecting musical fragments and ideas onto a Tascam Portastudio 424 cassette four-track.
“The songs simultaneously make some sort of inexplicable sense and also absolutely no sense at all,” says Nelson. “Some of them are just these strange little stories I fished from mini lucid dreams I sometimes have when half-asleep in the morning. I try to make an effort to capture those types of odd meta-narratives out of the void whenever I can, and then realize them in song or ink or paint or whatever is around.”
Nelson built out from his cassette recordings, crafting oversized melodies and indelible lyrics that rejoice in life’s simple pleasures, from betting on a horse race to the sweet satisfaction of having a fresh batch of clean clothes from the dryer, from sunshine in the morning to hot chocolate in the Irish countryside. “Myssus Crow” and “How Is She So Awesome???” are perhaps the cheeriest and romantic in Particle Kid’s growing canon, while “Eyescream” sees Nelson trying to “have a good time in spite of the world being a horribly terrifying place.” EVERYTHING IS BULLSHIT’s joyful title track came to life while Nelson was sharing song ideas with his friend and collaborator, Neil Young. Inspired by an off-color comment from Nelson’s girlfriend, the lyrics flowed from deep within Nelson’s psyche, a stream of consciousness evolution story loosely inspired by Terence McKenna’s stoned ape theory.
“Somehow it manages not to get too overly cynical,” Nelson says. “To me it’s a healing song about facing the reality of how weird and out of control reality is and finding some humor there.”
PARTICLE KID arrived earlier this year via Venice Beach, CA’s innovative recording studio, label, and artspace, Hen House Studios. The album earned widespread acclaim, with Entertainment Weekly declaring it “quirky prog-rock that also incorporates folk, jazz, funk, and Americana…a far-out collection of tunes that displays (Nelson’s) musical versatility.” The album is available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services.
Particle Kid will celebrate both albums with an eagerly anticipated series of upcoming live dates, highlighted by a New York City residency and performances at the upcoming Outlaw Music Festival 2017. The NYC dates – set for September 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th at the Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – will see Particle Kid performing his songs as they were first conceived – that is, solo arrangements on acoustic guitar augmented by harmonica and loop pedal. More tour dates include shows across the country (see itinerary below). Nelson recently performed a solo set for Venice, CA’s solar-powered Jam In The Van, streaming now at www.jaminthevan.com/band/particle-kid.
The singer-songwriter will be performing full band electric sets backed by members of Promise of the Real, the acclaimed rock outfit fronted by his brother Lukas and of which Micah is an honorary member, on the Outlaw Music Festival tour which is presented in partnership by his father, American musical legend Willie Nelson, and Blackbird Presents.
As Particle Kid, Micah Nelson has created a multi-dimensional musical universe all his own, crafted with immense ambition, inventive production techniques, and strikingly emotive songcraft. Nelson achieves the near impossible by sounding both familiar and oddly modern, with the spirits of future folk, low rider funk, riff rock, power pop, lysergic Americana, flower punk, and progressive jazz fusion all somehow woven together with deep-rooted melodies, unique improvisational elements, and remarkably intricate arrangements.
Particle Kid “has been living and breathing art and music for practically all of his young life,” declared Pitchfork. “His songs speak to his talent.” The visual artist-musician’s remarkable output spans the creative spectrum unlike few others, from his role in innovative folk-punk band Insects vs Robots and idiosyncratic performances on the Andean stringed instrument known as a charango to cymatic visualizations of dancing water molecules.
A committed activist along with his artistic endeavors, Nelson launched a Change.org campaign to encourage Congressional support of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, enabling American farmers to grow and sell the sustainable, multi-faceted crop. The petition – which has been shared on Twitter by fellow environmentalists Mark Ruffalo and Daryl Hannah – gained more than 102,000 signees. For more information, please see Change.org: Allow American Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp.
PARTICLE KID ON TOUR 2017
Sept 3 – Ham & Eggs Tavern – Los Angeles, CA (with Sunny War)
Sept 5 – GnarBurger – Los Angeles, CA
Sept 8 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ *
Sept 9 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Jones Beach, NY *
Sept 10 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA *
Sept 11 – Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – New York, NY
Sept 12 – Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – New York, NY
Sept 14 – The Union – Athens, OH
Sept 15 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH *
Sept 16 – Farm Aid at KeyBank Pavillion (with Insects vs Robots) – Hanover Township, PA
Sept 17 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ *
Sept 18 – Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – New York, NY
Sept 19 – Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More – New York, NY
* Performing @ The Outlaw Music Festival