Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Noel (pronounced NO-EL), formerly of The White Oaks, marries the sensual and the spiritual on his solo debut “I Won’t Answer” releasing July 22 on Birmingham’s PIPEANDGUN | Communicating Vessels.
WELD for Birmingham on Noel debut LP “I Won’t Answer”
"Local musician Noel blends Beck, Woody Guthrie and Cormac McCarthy on new LP."
"…the world the album inhabits is intense enough to evoke the bleak wastes of Cormac McCarthy."
"…full of strings, horns and foreboding synths, creating a sonic enormity that hints at empty space more than lushness, and which makes the most of (Noel) Johnson’s deep, haunting voice."
"…(Noel) Johnson and producer Armand Margjeka molded the largely unformed songs into chiaroscuro soundscapes that combine a modern, genre-busting sensibility with the folk influences of populist music and spirituals."
"Noel’s baritone delivery and sharp lyrical imagery create a luring mystique drawing comparisons to Beck, Leonard Cohen, and The National.”
On Noel’s debut I Won’t Answer (2014):
"The singer-songwriter from Birmingham sounds very in control throughout the duration of I Won’t Answer. It’s a rebellious, seductive album whilst maintaining a meticulousness and maturity of the sophisticated rock star.” -CultureFly
"Many of the songs on I Won’t Answer have that mix of traditional elements and a religious feel amid the dense and artful indie production, from the gospel-styled title track to the organ-rich hymnal sound of The Kingdom…When I See You In the Stars, a dark, slo-mo waltz with a stunning melody and Noel’s commanding voice giving the track a fitting otherworldly power.” -DirectCurrent
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