Guitarist and vocalist Jake Nuffer has debuted his solo project, NUFFER with today’s release of “Big Brain“. The experimental indie-rock track is taken from NUFFER’s upcoming debut EP, A-OK, out August 16th.
Having spent more than a decade honing his guitar chops and lending his talents to other musicians, NUFFER has built up quite the body of work. Now stepping into a solo era, “Big Brain” creates a mesmerizing dissonance between a world class education in jazz guitar and dropping out of school to fall back in love with rock music.
“Shortly after I dropped out of college, I had a dinner conversation where I was told that the only way I could achieve happiness would be through a college degree,” said NUFFER. “But when I looked around the table, all I saw were a bunch of people who had followed this traditional path and ended up nihilistic and lost in their own life, leading to the line ‘if I got a degree maybe, I could lose any reasoning.’ ‘Big Brain’ is about defying those traditional expectations and focusing on a pursuit of what makes me happy.”
The tongue-in-cheek debut EP is a brazen commentary on the state of music today. In a world of three-chord songs-of-the-Summer, NUFFER borrows the earworm elements of these hits and adds them to his experimental, technical knowledge of how to manipulate sound. A-OK holds a lens to masochism and self-depreciation, while trying to shake the concept that a person has to be one-dimensional.