Particle Kid is an experimental future-folk project from Los Angeles-based musician and visual artist Micah Nelson.
The youngest son of country music icon Willie Nelson and an occasional member of brother Lukas Nelson's band, Promise of the Real, Micah's diverse releases as Particle Kid have taken an exploratory bent, combining lo-fi loops and strange textural elements with more straightforward folk and indie rock songwriting.
Using a name bestowed on him by his father during his teenage years -- intending to welcome his "prodigal son" home from a school trip, a stoned Willie Nelson fumbled the term, accidentally calling him "particle kid" -- Micah began experimenting with D.I.Y. recording techniques and building dreamy psychedelic soundscapes with a variety of different instruments and tones. After a handful of demos, a single, and self-released EPs, he began issuing Particle Kid releases on California-based indie Dome of Doom Records in 2012. Following the Shapes EP, he collated some of his earlier songs on the 2014 release, Demo-Itis. During this same period, Micah joined his brother Lukas and Promise of the Real in backing up Neil Young for a series of shows. Over the next few years, Micah juggled his various projects, touring major venues and recording as part of Young's band, and playing smaller ones on his own as Particle Kid. He also formed an orchestral ensemble called Insects vs. Robots and engaged with various visual art projects including an animated series. In 2017, a self-titled Particle Kid album and the fuzzy Everything Is Bullshit further evolved his sound, as did a 2018 collaborative album with L.A. folk-punk artist Sunny War called Particle War. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi