Noah’s arc

Char­lie Fink of Noah & The Whale tells Tony Clayton-Lea that they’ve moved on from nu-folk – if that’s what they ever were

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

Def­i­nitely. It’s a very dif­fer­ent dis­ci­pline to be­ing in the stu­dio, in that you’re al­most two dif­fer­ent peo­ple – one per­son is en­veloped by get­ting the sound right, the other is con­cerned with giv­ing peo­ple a good time. We’ve just come off the back of a short Euro­pean tour, and spir­its are high. I feel more com­fort­able in the stu­dio, prob­a­bly be­cause I pri­mar­ily think of my­self as a song­writer, and a per­former sec­ond to that, but I’m try­ing to em­brace more of be­ing a per­former. Tour­ing the last al­bum we were just star­ing at our feet, but this new one has more of a hands-in-the-air sense to it. be sum­marised by such a short, pithy phrase or tagline. And the con­no­ta­tions of the phrase “in­die-folk” or “nu-folk” can sum­mon up in­cor­rect im­ages, as well. I don’t know. It’s funny, be­cause you have this di­vide of how you per­ceive your own progress and how you think other peo­ple per­ceive it. As much as pos­si­ble I try to stay true to – or aware of – my own per­cep­tion. If I feel as a song­writer or as a per­former that what I’m do­ing is true, then I’m happy. I do the best to not think too much about what other peo­ple are say­ing.

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