Release Date: July 15th, 2014
I Won’t Answer
Produced by Armand Margjeka and three-time Grammy Award winner Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Outkast, Gnarls Barkley), the album showcases Noel’s baritone delivery and sharp lyrical imagery to create a luring mystique. It draws comparisons to Beck, Leonard Cohen, and The National.
While he poses many questions on I Won’t Answer, Noel is content to let the listener determine their own answers. “It is about the pursuit of one’s own purpose and significance.”
I found that most of these songs were loosely based on the musical forms of gospel blues and old hymns, but re-interpreted in my own fashion. The same with the lyrics.Noel
This approach worked perfectly with Armands’ production style, which was free from the expectations of any particular genre and, as such, well suited to bring a new vision to songs rooted in old traditions.