Music Review: Noble Son — ‘Joy In Violence’ Delivers Elegant Indie Rock
Noble Son just dropped Joy In Violence . Noble Son is the musical project of Adam Kirschner, who was born and raised in Northern British Columbia, and currently resides in Vancouver.
Noble Son’s musical influences include Bowerbirds, Joel Hamilton, Joel Plaskett, Siddhartha Gautama, Alan Watts, and Thich Nhat Hahn. The songs on Joy In Violence were written in the spring of 2017, when Kirschner was struggling with his mental health. The songs are intimately revealing, honest, and authentic.
The album contains nine tracks of indie-rock music. “Problem Daughter” rides an oozing, drifting melody that escalates as it progresses, not only in volume and intensity, but in feeling. This song carries hints of both Neil Young and REM, a delicious blend. “Aces” opens with a simple, austere groove — a thumping bass drum and reverberating bassline. A pulsing synth travels atop, adding ascetic sonic accents.
One of the highlights of the album is “Above The Dirt,” simply because of the reallocated, shifting rhythm and Kirschner’s haunting voice. The harmonics are unpretentious yet gorgeous. The title track delivers an upbeat melody with a filament of prog-rock running through it. The piano tinkles with scrumptious tones, adding tantalizing wisps of textured colors.
“You Are Your Mother” is a beautifully tender number, quiet yet shimmering with muted, suppressed energy. And “Love You Back” is a heartbreaking tale of unrequited love. It begins slowly, and then builds to an exaltation of pain.
Joy In Violence is an exquisitely stunning album, full of elegance, vulnerability, pensive introspection, and turbulent emotional energy. Kirschner eschews the obsession for sonic complication as an end in itself. Instead he pursues the ineffability of sonic pressure, titanic emotions, and scintillating urgency.
With this album, Noble Son establishes musical splendor, contriving musical moods in artful sequence.