Posted in Press Releases on 02 September 2014
Just when you thought he'd eschewed music for indulging into a little day- to-day rigmarole, up pops Jim Noir like a whack-a-mole poised for action. For Noir, making music doesn't simply pass the time; it works only once the inspiration comes and with Finnish Line - his self-declared 'masterpiece' of a brand new album - that time is now. Decamping from his bedroom set-up, an array of influences have been given a fresh lease of life via a smart studio setting for the very first time.
"Alcohol. Life. Death. Aliens; in that order I think," reveals Jim of the album's themes which, even by his standards, are particularly off-kilter. It may sound like Noir has succumbed to ideas darker by design; yet Finnish Line boasts all the indisputable upbeat pop charisma of Jim Noir, with ignited clarity and even more killer hooks.
Sounding altogether fuller, finer, and downright dandy, Finnish Line was self-produced and marks a cut above all Noir's previous records to date. Laid down midst the 'bricks and ghosts' of a mill-based studio within the Manchester area of Ancoats and mixed in Blueprint Studios with engineer Tim Thomas, sometimes all that's needed is to take some time out and find comfort in your new surroundings. "I miss absolutely nothing about recording at home. 10 years, 25 flats and 87 wives later, I have finally moved into a shithole I can call my own. I can actually play my drums which has been a huge impact on the sound with more space to walk about pretending to be Jean Michel Jarre."
With extra room for his collection of instruments all competing for a piece of the action and admitting to his possession of 'noodler' tendencies, the record's stripped-back sound should come as a surprise. Take lead single 'Broadway Jets'; emitting simplicity and madness in equal measure.
It all leaves us asking one question; if he's reached the Finnish Line, will we ever hear from Jim again? "Yes. I'll do another album if it gets into the charts," he deadpans. In fact, Jim's return has already been scheduled for when he heads out on a headline tour, culminating in a grand finale homecoming show this November...
'FINNISH LINE' TRACKLISTING:
1. The Ancoats Dream
2. Strange Range
3. The Broadway Jets
4. Make Me Do It Again
5. Out From Within
6. Honour & Moogswings
8. Piece of Mind
9. The Boy
10. Come and See
11. Please Remember
12. Stone Cold Room
19 Nov: Broadcast, Glasgow
20 Nov: Glee, Nottingham
21 Nov: Louisiana, Bristol
22 Nov: Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
24 Nov: The Hope, Brighton
25 Nov: Joiners, Southampton
26 Nov: Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
27 Nov: Soup Kitchen, Manchester