“Lazy Sunday” is off Nathaniel Paul’s debut album, “Learning to Listen,” which dropped on June 11th, 2021 after a slew of singles he released beginning in November of 2020.
The album as a whole weaves through themes regarding personal virtues like kindness, patience, and wisdom— all virtues that Paul holds dear to his heart as they remind him of his grandmother. “Lazy Sunday” takes a break from the virtues for a moment, and urges you to take it slow every once in a while, even when things start to get out of control.
It’s a laid back, chill track. Between its syrupy slick guitar, meandering vocal melodies, and lofi-esque beats, it hits the sweet spot between modern psychedelia and indie pop. The song moves in a fluid downtempo groove that almost flows like water, and it’s repetitive nature feels comforting, reassuring, and relaxing— everything a lazy Sunday should be. His vocals are at a soft, melodic whisper, adding its gentle, intimate vibe. What’s more, the song is strategically placed almost halfway through the album’s track list, actually giving the listener the break that Paul wants us all to take.
The best way to describe this song is actually, undeniably, Sunday. This is a song that sounds like making pancakes after rolling out of bed at 11am— it’s staying in bed with someone you love and giggling under the sheets— it’s no care in the world, even if just for a moment.
Nathaniel Paul is a multi-instrumentalist that left Michigan behind as he set his sights on New York City, where he began his music career in 2015. He grew up playing acoustic guitar and had a fascination with classical music. Later, his band The Bergamot earned the #1 single of all time on SubmitHub. To celebrate Paul’s successes and the debut of his solo act, let’s practice those great virtues along with him.
Written by Jess Ward