Jim Noir Announces Upcoming Album
“Psychedelic electro-pop of the most inventively buoyant and retro-futurist kind, recalling The Beta Band and Super Furry Animals, with nods to Ray Davies and Brian Wilson.” Uncut
“I love him, I’ve absolutely always loved Jim Noir's quirky take on funky pop” Nemone BBC 6 Music
“A Mancunian Ziggy Stardust.” The Guardian
For the past 16 months, cult Manchester singer-songwriter Jim Noir has maintained an exhausting output, releasing an EP a month to his fans through a project called The Noir Club. Some of these tracks were from dusty files on decrepit computers; some were new-born gems, penned that month and sent directly to the club members’ inboxes. As The Noir Club concludes, Jim finds himself on top creative form for the release of his brand new LP.
The new album Jimmy’s Show finds Noir continuing the creative purple patch, revisiting tracks demoed throughout his career and moulding them into brilliant, all-new songs. “Some would have been thought up in my box room at my folks home in Davyhulme, then through Chorlton, Hulme, Levenshulme and Whalley Range. I'm moved house 4 times in the last year, I'm a Feng Shui nut” he says.
As such, says Jim, this is not one of his concept albums. “I think after the [eponymous 2008] second album, sticking to tunes that work together was all I wanted to think of. I do think this album has a light side and a dark side though. Side A is all fun and cheeky and side B is a bit more sombre. I’m hoping everyone will like both ends of the album, but if not, one side would be fine.”
There are many wonderfully-titled highlights on Jimmy’s Show: the epic Driving My Escort Cosworth To The Cake Circus, the madrigal-like Under The Tree, the Mama and Papa-esq Sunny and the lyrical gem Ping Pong Tennis Master – written on Noir’s premise that if you send the Queen a letter with a stamp of her face on it, she should send you one back with a stamp of your face on it.
Central to the album is the bouncy first single, ‘60s-influenced Tea, named after Noir’s second favourite drink. “I actually prefer coffee,” he says. Recording this track, Noir recalls being so into the groove he ended up getting his equipment confiscated by the local council. The video is utterly charming, a slice of wonderment starring a puppet and three evil, anthropomorphic magpies “I fear it’s the most gritty and violent video I have ever done,” says Noir. “Someone even gets an egg in the side of his face. Tarantino, watch out!”
That’s Jimmy’s Show then: a show and tell of the best of what Jim’s been up to for the past 16 months, a document of what those in the Noir Club got a taster off. But were Jimmy’s Show a TV programme, what would it be like? “A children’s show about a flying piece of cheese that solves crimes that involves cheese theft. Half black and white, half colour visuals, and the theme tune from Henrys Cat mixed with a bit of One Man and His Dog. Starring Shaft,” says Jim.
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