Title - 'Lover'
Artist - Noah Gundersen
At the age of 29, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad's Tascam Studio 8 reel-to-reel home tape machine at 13.
Born in the tiny town of Centralia, WA, Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo (with his sister Abby, an expert string player) and with their band The Courage.
He's already placed songs on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy, Vampire Diaries and One Tree Hill and his latest album, the quite stunning Lover (which arrives August 23rd, 2019 via Cooking Vinyl) is set to become his most beloved yet.
1. 'Robin Williams'
2. 'Crystal Creek'
5. 'Lose You'
6. 'Out Of Time'
7. 'Audrey Hepburn'
9. 'Wild Horses'
10. 'So What'
11. 'Little Cup'
12. 'All My Friends'
The Seattle-based Gundersenís fourth full-length solo release begins with one of the most intimate, expressive, and yet at all times powerfully grounded songs I feel he has ever written, the intense 'Robin Williams.'
ďDeath comes for us all,Ē says Gundersen, ďno matter how talented we are, no matter how much work we make. I had just finished the Robin Williams documentary when I wrote this and was deeply moved by his spirit and enormous talent."
"I had also been reading about the expansiveness of DMT in Tao Linís ĎTrip.í Art is both everything and nothing. Living is the same.Ē
Recorded over two years at Seattleís The Crumb studio with longtime collaborator, producer/engineer Andy D. Park (Death Cab For Cutie, K. Flay, Pedro The Lion), Lover sees Gundersen continuing to veer towards an increasingly intimate and intense creative approach, wedding intricate beats and warm natural instrumentation to a series of stark, almost dreamlike, new songs.
Tracks such as the immensely rich 'Older,' 'Out of Time' and 'So What' all reveal a remarkably gifted songwriter-artist in the midst of confrontation with lifeís toughest truths; and feature lyrics that will have you mulling over just where you stand, and what you are doing with your life aplenty.
Gundersen's sense of an even greater self-awareness and understanding of himself and his life also comes to the fore on track such as both 'Lose You' and the title track itself, 'Lover.'
"This record is deeply personal,Ē says Gundersen. ďItís about love, itís about failure, itís about drugs, itís about sex, itís about age, itís about regret, itís about itself and itís about finding peace."
"I think itís the most Iíve ever put of myself into something. Itís been cathartic. Iíve cried a lot.Ē
Personally, I have found this album relaxes me whilst at the same time keeping my attention transfixed on the immensely poetic song writing.
Far more than simply just background noise, it demands my attention from start to finish. Beautiful and at times tortured. Familiar and yet unknown. Yet always an album that really shows the artists strength.
Indeed, every single song hits home with a passion and emotional weight that has been missing in most contemporary albums for many years now.
Just astounding from beginning to end, Lover is a stand out Americana folk album in the vein of Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams that features dulcet instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and a little sadness in between.
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