Recognized both for his multi-instrumental ability and raw energy onstage, Jordan Lawlor became a member of M83 at age 19. That year, he toured Europe for the first time, finding creative sanctuary within the cradles of avant-garde electronic music. This fertilized a unique dichotomy in the musician otherwise known for his rock-band viscera, and later became his eclectic solo project, J. Laser.
Having gained experience in both realms, Lawlor was to solidify his future either under the role of singer-guitarist frontman, or electronic programmer-producer. Stationed in Los Angeles and reluctant to pander to any "scene," Lawlor sought rather to achieve multidimensional frequencies, free of adherence to any one genre. As a result, a given J. Laser track contains the mysticism of progressive rock, the soulful vocals and grooves of R&B, the sampling techniques of hip-hop, and the entrancing drones of psychedelia all at once, cast in a gauze of analog electronics. Jordan's unique sound came to mainstream fruition on "Walkway Blues," a song from M83's new album Junk which he wrote, sang, and co-produced. Stereogum likened the song to "Random Access Memories-era Daft Punk attempting Sade," an apt detection of Jordan's inspirations.
Singing and alternating several instruments onstage while accompanied by brother Jamie Lawlor on drums, J. Laser's live show is the true habitat of the music, channeling the lost art of performance in a generation otherwise compromised by desk-dwelling DJs. Witnesses of J. Laser compare Lawlor's musicianship to Prince, his retrofuturist approach to Tame Impala, and his production elements to Daft Punk, though none have ever succeeded in categorizing the music under a specific genre. This is truly the highest compliment in the eyes of J. Laser, as it proves that whether one loves or loathes the sound, one undeniable truth is that they have not heard anything quite like it before.