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
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.