White Noise (Cook­ing Vinyl)

Australian HIFI - - EISA AWARDS – 2018-2019 -

White Noise is an al­bum about be­ing an artist, or rather, Noel Gun­der­son’s ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing an artist liv­ing within a mael­strom of emo­tional ex­tremes. Some­thing of a sen­sory record, it uses a sur­re­al­ist com­bi­na­tion of elec­tron­ica and alt-rock à la Ra­dio­head to con­vey emo­tional sce­nar­ios. Gun­der­son’s pop-like com­po­si­tions are at their strong­est when grounded in rock, while drift­ing through walls of shoegaze, light grunge and dark, lilt­ing min­i­mal­ist pi­ano with syn­the­sised strings, cre­at­ing an en­gross­ing at­mos­phere that ebbs and flows through highs and lows and only falls apart when he opts out for his voice and an acous­tic gui­tar. Struc­turally, White Noise is a bit of a me­an­der­ing mess that rolls on for far too long, even though it feels like there are four end points through­out. Peter Zalunzy

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