Noah Gundersen, who played sold-out shows in Manchester and London in September, is returning to the capital in March. But first the Seattle-based singer-songwriter is releasing new single Number One Hit Of The Summer (Fade Out).
The song is taken from his third LP, White Noise, which marks a conscious departure from the more traditional alt-folk/Americana sound of its predecessors, 2015’s Carry The Ghost and 2014’s Ledges.
“At the beginning of 2016, I walked on stage and was met with a feeling of overwhelming emptiness,” Gundersen reveals. “Instead of my life up to that point flashing before my eyes, it was my future. A future playing songs I didn’t believe in… pouring my soul out into a vehicle I no longer recognised or loved.”
After the set he found encouragement in a quote from the choreographer Martha Graham: “No artist is ever pleased… There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
Gundersen carried that sentiment with him while recording the new LP in his homemade studio inside a 1600 square foot loft.
“White Noise is a sensory overload,” Gundersen explains. “Fear, anxiety, desire, sex, lust, love. White Noise is the place between waking and dreaming, where the edges blur and the light is strange. It’s a car crash, it’s a drowning, it’s everything all the time.”
Appropriately featuring lush, confident production, musically the LP’s 13-tracks run the gamut from anthemic rock choruses and Coldplay-style piano ballads to blue collar Americana and straight ahead folk – all underpinned by the songwriter’s musings on dissatisfaction, emptiness, and modern-day culture.
Gundersen, whose songs have featured on TV shows like Sons Of Anarchy, plays The Borderline in London on 5 March 2018.