Not enough people give themselves credit for knowing more than they think they know about indie music. Chances are the average layperson could probably identify a good 20-30 songs just from watching television over the last few years. You may be a Band of Horses and Kings of Leon fan and not even know it.
Another artist’s work you’re probably familiar with is English multi-instrumentalist Jim Noir (real name, Alan Roberts). He is releasing his self-titled sophomore effort on April 8 (Barsuk Records). His debut album, Tower of Love, is full of catchy pop songs–most of which are filled with his infectiously fun choruses (although some critics may argue that he relies too heavily on the refrain and not enough on the verses).
Here’s a little taste of his work:
During World Cup 2006, you probably saw this commercial a couple thousand times. The ad features Noir’s “Eanie Meany.” For anyone who grew up with a crabby next door neighbor, you’ll love the refrain, “If you don’t give my football back, I’m gonna get my Dad on you / I only kicked it over your fence and broke a silly gnome or two.” Fatboy Slim also does a remix of this song:
During this past holiday season, Target re-tweaked Noir’s “My Patch”. The original lyrics, “If you want to step on my patch, I’ll bring you down, bring you down.” were changed to, “Holidays are times of magic, we’re counting down, we’re counting down.”
Here’s Noir’s brand new single, “Don’t You Worry”. He’ll also be playing SXSW Saturday night (March 15).