photo by Simon King
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Don’t You Worry by Jim Noir from the 2008 album Jim Noir on Barsuk.
It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since Jim Noir, aka Alan Roberts, first caught our attention with his debut Tower of Love. On this, his second record, Noir explores further the electronic psych-pop laid down on his debut. Surreal, dreamlike melodies run underneath Noir’s fuzzy but completely comprehensible vocals, creating the perfect score for the bedroom or the beach. That Noir wrote, performed and produced the entire album makes his lack of popularity that much less understandable. The artist excels in all three roles, leaving no doubts about his future success. With one part Beach Boys and one part Beck, Noir takes the core elements of the original psych pop movement and brings them full speed into the present. On the dance-happy
All Right, Noir goes so far as to employ a vocoder but not in
I’m using a vocoder because vocoders are cool sort of way. With Noir, everything is laid back yet always laid down with intention. Last week he appeared on NPRs World Cafe, performing a few tracks from his latest record and chatting a bit with host David Dye. Check out that session here, and watch this video of Jim, with backing band, performing
Don’t You Worry live: