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"I don't think I have a specific 'thing' anymore. The record has so many different things on it, that I could kind of go down a tunnel with any of them. That's really liberating," Noah Gundersen told us when he stopped by the Baeble Studio. And clearly the old phrase "actions speak louder than words" rings true, because the Seattle-based artist displayed the range of his sound when he played a few songs for us. When listening to his latest album WHITE NOISE, he goes from "THE SOUND," a rock anthem backed by synths and samples, to "FEAR & LOATHING," a folk tune stripped down to a simple acoustic guitar and piano.

When in our studio, he performed all of his songs like the latter -- stripped down to let the excellent songwriting shine. In addition to the two aforementioned songs, he also played "NEW RELIGION" and his single "BAD DESIRE," and, on a more personal note, I have to say that this was one of the most pleasant, enjoyable sessions we've had this year. Between the harmonies shared with his piano-playing counterpart Abby Gundersen, who is also his sister, and the sublime emotionality behind each song, there's no way you won't find some peace when watching.

In between songs, Gundersen opened up about growing up, his family life, the meaning behind the title of his latest album, and you might even hear some beautiful improvisation on the piano.

Artist Bio

Noah Gundersen (born May 31, 1989) is an American indie folk singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington, and founder of the band The Courage.

In 2008 Gundersen produced his first EP, Brand New World (album). Early in his career, he began to perform in Seattle and became recognized for his long dreadlocks, which many believed to be an homage to frontman Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who served as a musical inspiration to Gundersen. Gundersen is also said to be influenced by Ryan Adams, Dashboard Confessional, and Neil Young.

In 2008, Gundersen collaborated with friends and his then-16-year-old sister to form the band The Courage. The group served as his backing band as he performed songs from Brand New World at clubs and cafes around Washington state. The group later recorded a live album, Live at The Triple Door (The Courage album), under the name Noah Gundersen & The Courage in 2008. The band performed at the Sisters Folk Festival in both 2008 and 2010 and evolved further, recording their debut album, Fearful Bones, under the name The Courage in 2010.

While also performing and recording with The Courage, Gundersen remained focused on his solo career. His second EP, Saints & Liars, was released in 2009. A rough recording of the EP originally circulated, landing on the desk of producer Daniel Mendez, who mixed the EP for a full release. Mendez then worked with Gundersen to release a follow-up EP, Family (Noah Gundersen album) in 2011.

Launching his career further into the mainstream, Gundersen's tile song "Family" was hand-selected by producer Kurt Sutter for the hit FX (TV channel) TV show, Sons of Anarchy. Sutter again looked to Gundersen and The Forest Rangers (band) to create an original song for the show in 2014, and the song "Day Is Gone" was later nominated for an Emmy Award for Original Music and Lyrics. The song "Family" also appeared on The Vampire Diaries on the CW. The track "David" was also later used in a 2015 episode of the Fox TV series The Following.

In 2014, Gundersen self-produced his debut album, Ledges (album), at Seattles Studio Litho, owned by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. The album addressed themes like faith, death, and past relationships. The debut album propelled Gundersen's career further into indie folk stardom, with his song "Poor Man's Son" - which was originally recorded for the Live at the Triple Door album with The Courage - receiving a feature on The Originals. While touring his debut album, Gundersen also exclusively sold a five-song EP titled "Twenty-Something" to concertgoers. Tracks from the EP were later available online through the deluxe edition release of Ledges.

Following up his breakthrough album Ledges, Gundersen returned to the studio to record his second LP, Carry the Ghost, which was released in 2015. The album deals with the challenges of success, failed relationships, religion, and sexuality. Gundersen has said he took inspiration from Neil Young's album Tonight's the Night (Neil Young album). Later in 2015, Gundersen helped to produce the David Ramirez album Fables, which released on August 28.

Returning to his hometown during a lull in his tour schedule, Gundersen reunited with friends from his high school band, Beneath Oceans. Originally reuniting as a joke, the group began to play old songs from their early days. Gundersen said of the reunion, "we reconnected to see if the old songs were still any good. They werent, so we started writing new ones. On December 1, 2015 the group released their first album, an eponymous EP titled Young in the City. The release was then followed up with live performances in the Seattle area and a second EP titled II on October 7, 2016.

In July 2017, Gundersen announced the forthcoming release of a new solo LP, White Noise.

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