Listen Up - Noah Gundersen
I don’t often write about singer-songwriters for a few reasons. To start, there are just so many of them! Every boy with a guitar thinks he’s a sensitive singer-songwriter; every girl who knows one of these boys wants to sing on the track and become a thing (that was sexist, I know. It was partly a joke and partly true). Second, a lot of them border on the rock side. Is someone with a guitar (and maybe a backing band) a pop act? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Sometimes it depends on the song.
I think now that I’ve spread my sights and am hearing everything that can even be considered as “pop”, I should write about some more of these people. Singer-songwriters are the ones who change music most, and there really are too many great ones out there.
Although, even if I weren’t going to write up some of these people, I would still feature the artist I’m posting about today.
Noah Gundersen is one of the most talented people I’ve come across all year. After about one minute of one track, I was sold. I went on to listen to everything I could find with his name on it, and I can’t tell you how amazing all of it is. His entire discography is breathtaking. Every song is deeper and more powerful than the next. With nothing but an acoustic guitar, his voice, his words, and the help of his sister Abby playing violin on some tracks, Noah’s pure brilliance shines through. Every track is quietly stunning; the music never breaks the speakers, but it blows your mind.
I love a lot of music, and I am willing to call a lot of things good, but rarely does an artist give me chills. Noah Gundersen has done just that, and I know he’ll do the same for you.
Here are some of my favorite of his tracks. They aren’t ranked at all, as I really can’t pick what is my favorite. As I’m listening to something I think “this is definitely his best”, and then the next song comes on and the title of “his best” is quickly passed on.
If you’re still wondering if you should listen, JUST DO IT. But if you need comparisons, think Damien Rice or Bright Eyes. Right, now go listen.
Noah is online in various places. Here’s his <a href="http://www.facebook.com/noahgundersenmusic">Facebook</a> and his <a href="http://noahgundersen.bandcamp.com/">Bandcamp</a>. Oh, and his <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=noah+gundersen&sprefix=noah+gunder%2Caps%2C557">Amazon store</a>, as I know now you’ll want to go out and buy everything he’s ever put out.