To say Noah Gundersen has been hard at work this past decade would be a massive understatement—just check out his discography and you’ll understand what we’re talking about. Between solo projects and work with not one, but two bands (both of which he acts as the frontman for), it seems like Gundersen hasn’t taken a break since 2008, and we’re not complaining!
With over 30,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 700,000 monthly Spotify listeners, it’s safe to say Gundersen is continuing to capture the hearts of both new and existing audiences. Still, his music remains as intimate as ever. It’s what drew fans to him in the first place, especially after having songs featured in shows like Sons of Anarchy and The Vampire Diaries.
Last week, the Seattle based singer-songwriter added yet another album to his catalog with the release of Lover, his third solo studio album. If you haven't listened yet, prepare for the personal, poetic songwriting that Gundersen has become known for. If you aren’t familiar with his often cathartic lyrics, a good place to start would be “First Defeat,” or “Robin Williams,” the lead off Lover.
Ahead of the album’s release, and before he takes off on tour his fall, we caught up with Noah, who clued us in on some of the songs that inspired his latest release. Check the playlist out below, and don’t forget to track Noah Gundersen on Bandsintown to be updated when he comes to your city!
"This was a major reference during mixing. It sounds HUGE. I don’t think we ever got there sonically, but it was nice to have something to strive for."
"The first version of 'Older' was originally a big dance tune with a massive reggaeton breakdown. This was what I was hearing in my head when I wrote it. You can still hear a little bit of that vibe at the end."
"I got to see Active Child in LA years ago and it still remains one of my favorite shows. So much beautiful atmosphere. "Crystal Creek" is my humble attempt at his vibe."
"I’ve loved David Gray since I was a kid. The production and vibe of “Lose You” was directly influenced by this tune."
"This band used to be a guilty pleasure. Now they’re just a pleasure. Heavy influence on 'All My Friends.'"
"The king of songwriters. I remember sitting drunk in my living room with David Ramirez the night he died, soaking up his tunes. His deep commitment to lyric pushed me really hard in 'Audrey Hepburn.'"
"Fun fact, I once auditioned as a backup singer for Beck. Didn’t work out, but he was a very kind and generous soul. We referenced this vibe a lot on 'Out Of Time.'"
"The original version of 'Kamikaze', written in the green room of a venue in Minneapolis (where I also butchered a cover of "Purple Rain") sounds a whole lot like this tune."
"Big surprise, there’s a moment in 'Wild Horses' that pulls pretty heavily on this song. Arguably one of the most influential songwriters of my generation."
"We referenced this song a lot during mixing. James Blake is a master of subtlety and space."
"The drop in this song is amazing. Truly inspired by Finneas’s use of minimalism to make things sound huge."
"The first time I heard this song, I think I listened to it on repeat like 5 times. There’s something so raw and present about the vocal delivery. I came back to it a lot when referencing vocal mixing and processing."