New Music From Particle Kid Featuring Willie Nelson, Jim James, & More

Posted on Mar 24, 2022
New Music From Particle Kid Featuring Willie Nelson, Jim James, & More

On his latest project, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Particle Kid (J. Micah Nelson) pulls listeners down the rabbit hole to experience the music he’s been making over the past five years. Described by Rolling Stone as a “trippy troubadour” and a “musical polymath who combines an indie DIY aesthetic with a questing hippie spirit and a relentless work ethic,“ Particle Kid is a constantly absorbing and evolving musician who has both musical DNA and professional experience backing Neil Young (along with his brother Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real), collaborating with John DoeTinariwen and the Flaming Lips and working on his own projects like the psych-punk orchestra Insects vs. Robots. Micah’s dad, Willie Nelson, helped name his band: Micah rolled into the house one day and Willie meant to say, “Welcome home, Prodigal Son!” but he had just burned a fat one and it came out as, “Welcome home, Particle Kid!” instead. His self-described “experimental future-folk solo project” is releasing a sprawling epic, Time Capsule, in April 2022. The album takes listeners on a nearly two-hour trip through various genres, ideas, and sounds, creating an eclectic palette of sonic colors and feelings – both familiar and exploratory – painted together like a collage. It sounds as if 90s alt, 60s psych, 70s electric jazz, and some abstract future were all magazines—chopped up and somehow cohesively glued together by Nelson’s voice and lyrics.

The album feels like an organic, laidback friends and family affair, with many of the guests and influences being the people he plays and tours with. “Velocirapture (The Serpent Flew),” featuring Sean Lennon on vocals, guitar and mellotron, was written while super-stoned, wide awake and daydreaming about dinosaurs. Fittingly, since this record recalls at times both Dinosaur Jr. (one of Micah’s favorite bands) and Sebadoh/Sentridoh/Lou Barlow, “Someone Else’s Dream” features J. Mascis on guitar. Advance single “Along The Timey Road” is about” writing a letter to your future self and putting it inside a time capsule,” while “All One Day” and “Amerikan Lyfe” each take advantage of the family connection by featuring Willie Nelson. About the latter song, Micah says, “It was also very cool that my dad wanted to play Trigger and sing on it. It’s a notably weirder song arrangement than he’s used to and I could tell he had a lot of fun doing it. His laugh at the end was something that I immediately knew had to be the last sound we hear to end the album. It sums the whole thing up. Having these great memories with folks I love to help offset such darkness during what was an otherwise very stressful time is… a gift.”

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Label: Overseas Artists Recordings

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2022 Tour Dates with The Flaming Lips:

Apr 10 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Apr 25 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
Apr 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
Apr 28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Apr 29 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Apr 30 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
May 02 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
May 03 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
May 04 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
May 06 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
May 07 – San, Francisco, CA – The Warfield
May 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

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