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Noble Son Uncovers Brutal Honesty in Every Lyric

Friday 23rd, March 2018 / 07:00
By Adesuwa Okoyomon

Photo by Brian Van Wyk

VANCOUVER – “Sometimes when you’re making something, it ends up being bigger than what you conceived it could be and takes on a life of its own,” says Vancouver singer-songwriter Noble Son (also known as Adam Kirschner) about “Love You Back,” a lovelorn ballad off his debut album Joy in Violence. This statement is true of the entire album, which he calls a “a love letter to all the women that have ever been in my life. I’m sharing some of the stories I have experienced with them.” Joy in Violence captures the truth in those stories and grows from being an album into a layered musical experience.

In the spring of 2017, while struggling with anxiety, Kirschner penned the eight songs on Joy in Violence within 12 days.

“The only thing I can do when I’m in that place is hang myself over a guitar and just make music,” says Kirschner. “I would write at night between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., get up at 10 a.m. to demo it out until about dinner time, and after dinner I would go back to writing.”

The album was recorded in South Carolina with support from Joel Hamilton, Alex Dobson, Andy Dixon, Davey Badiuk, Stefan Heger, and Chris Gehringer.

“Great music is built with a family, an army of people, and finding the right people can make the difference between something being okay and something really special happening,” he says.

When writing music, Kirschner challenges himself to make sure every lyric is meaningful.

“I feel like when you first start writing music, you’re trying to be metaphorical and complicated, and at some point you realize that the more honest your message is, the more it connects with people.” He describes his sound as “sad boy folk: irreverent indie folk that tries not to take itself too seriously.”

Joy in Violence finds Kirschner weaving between guarded and intimate, sultry and temperate, his vocals ghosting over you eerily. Even harmonies from the gentle strumming of a guitar seem honest and cutting, and give off the feeling that every turn, every chord progression, and every note is Kirschner “being brutally honest about uncomfortable things.”

Joy In Violence is available March 30.

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