Release Date: Aug 8, 2006
Record label: Barsuk / My Dad
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Singer-Songwriter
On his debut album, Tower of Love, Jim Noir proves himself to be a first-class mix-and-match master, blending the cheesy drum machines and bubbling synths of indie electronic, the lo-fi guitars and adult-child vocals of indie pop, and the full-bodied and harmony-drenched arrangements of chamber pop into a swirling, soothing, and truly lovely Technicolor pop confection. Noir also proves himself to be an able student of great outsider pop of the '60s, '70s, and 2000s. There are echoes of British eccentrics like XTC, Kevin Ayers, and ELO to be found in the grooves of Tower.
Afew streets away from Badly Drawn Boy, Manchester has spawned another melodic genius. Jim Noir, 25, has spent the past year releasing EPs - Eanie Meany, My Patch and Quiet Man - that have gained cult status via eBay. They form the basis of a debut album that is rich in the sort of melodies you'd think went out with Simon and Garfunkel and Smile-era Beach Boys.