I don't know how many people have the chance to get drunk with a house full of music majors, but I highly suggest it if the opportunity ever arises. One of the better perks of going to the same school as my brother, listening to a classically trained guitarist drunkenly rant about the brilliance of Beethoven's fifth symphony and stumble along to the most obscure of modern artists will forever be a highlight of my college career. It's the most pure and uncontrollable genuine love for music that drives these musicians, and it's absolutely contagious; not a single time did I leave one of these parties without a smile on my face and a higher appreciation for whatever genre of music we listened to that night. This kind of authentic appreciation and talent is what comes across in Noah Hoffeld's work.
A classically trained cellist, the Williamsburg native is making his rock debut with "Same Old Song," a track that makes me feel like I'm listening to my brother's roomate's drunk thoughts in the best of ways. While his cello is the driving force behind the beat, his sentimental lyricism takes the spotlight. Noah tells the story of his love and need for music, present throughout his entire life. It's a relatable story, living with the radio on and dancing whenever he's alone in his room, charming in its presentation. The track has an irresistible 80s feel with a beaming synth and some tasty guitar licks, very appropriate for the subject matter. The whole track feels very honest and true to Noah, without me even really knowing who he is. That's the beauty of music, though...as I have learned from some late nights with opera and jazz study majors.
Hoffeld's debut album Play Human
comes out August 5, with a release show at The Bowery Electric in NYC. Meanwhile, check out the single premiering today, and pre-order the album here