Two years after the release of his highly acclaimed LP Carry The Ghost, Seattle native NOAH GUNDERSEN is ready to debut his newest body of work entitled White Noise on September 22, 2017 through Cooking Vinyl. As the first introduction to the bolder sound on his third studio LP, Gundersen has unveiled a lyric video of "The Sound," which is out now through all streaming platforms. Pre-order the album or stream "The Sound" here.
When asked about "The Sound," Gundersen noted the inspiration came from "waiting for the muse, remembering how it was, how the spark used to seem so immediate in that magic."
"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."
The conception of White Noise started long before Gundersen stepped into his homemade studio, nestled inside a 1600 square foot loft on the marina in Seattle, Washington. "At the beginning of 2016, I walked on stage and was met with a feeling of overwhelming emptiness," Gundersen revealed. "I imagined a career playing music I didn’t believe in and was terrified." After his set, a fellow songwriter expressed a quote to Gundersen from famed 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." From there, something awoke in Gundersen that can now be best described as the 13 tracks that embody White Noise.
For fans of Noah Gundersen during the era of albums like Ledges (February 2014) and Carry The Ghost (August 2015), White Noise finds Gundersen in a variety of headspaces, with anthemic rock choruses in "The Sound" to piano ballads in "New Religion," but still holding true to his in-depth and hyper-aware style of songwriting that first established Gundersen as having the "soul of a wise, grizzly rocker" (Rolling Stone).
To promote White Noise, Gundersen will be embarking on a full North American headline tour this Fall with support from Phoebe Bridgers from November 2 (Houston TX – The Heights Theater) to November 17 (Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre).