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When a group of Jai Paul demos leaked on-line in 2013, it had the makings of a celebration, not a disaster. Paul had beforehand launched two rapturously obtained singles, and anticipation for his music was excessive. The songs on that assortment have been shared broadly, and beloved. But relatively than capitalize on the nice will generated by the unintended launch, Paul retreated, making nearly no public noise or appearances for the next decade.
This yr, he returned — first, with a pair of performances at Coachella, after which a pair of smaller headlining concerts in New York. He was shy and just a little awkward onstage, however the music he performed was sure-footed. Whether it was the conclusion of his prior arc, or a prelude to a brand new period, wasn’t clear.
On this week’s Popcast, a dialog about Paul’s anti-career trajectory, the persistence of fan enthusiasm for him even in his absence, and the way thriller on the web has modified over the previous couple of a long time.
Lindsay Zoladz, a pop music critic for The New York Times and creator of The Amplifier publication
Jia Tolentino, a workers author at The New Yorker
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