Live Review: Noah Gundersen @ Black Cat — 10/16/19

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Noah Gundersen performs at the Black Cat on Oct. 16, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Noah Gundersen and an intimate venue like the Black Cat was an ideal match. It was a perfect opportunity for Noah to get closer to his fans recently — and for the fans to enjoy his latest work. This DC show marked exactly the halfway point for Noah’s tour.

Noah’s fourth full-length studio album, Lover, is a fun yet really vulnerable album compared to his earlier albums. It still gives the feels to the listener, but also it has a lightheartedness to it. It’s one big emotional rollercoaster once you listen to the album in its entirety. Lyrically, “Robin Williams” is not necessarily about the late comedian, but in a general sense of how death comes to us all at the end of the day — the great equalizer.

Listen to Lover by Noah Gundersen on Spotify:

I’m a picky person when it comes to artists using autotune in their music, but in “Older,” it’s properly used. Building momentum in the song, it adds a dramatic effect with intertwining sounds.  “All My Friends” is depiction of life in your 20s — not fully transitioning into adulthood yet, but just trying to figure things out.

One of the standout numbers of the Oct. 16 set was Noah’s acoustic version of a 2009 track, “Jesus Jesus.”  The room fell completely silent, and everyone was fully captivated by Noah. Between the banter with the crowd and the general excitement, Noah had a great time, and DC will be awaiting for his return.

Next stop for Noah Gundersen is in North Carolina. Get tickets here! 

Here are some photos of Noah Gundersen performing at the Black Cat on Oct. 16, 2019. All photos copyright and courtesy of Brenda Reyes

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