"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 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.