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Johari Noelle Stuns on Debut E.P.


Chicago is a city full of soul, enough so that it feels like the genre is in the wind. When we were introduced to the music of Johari Noelle, we were immediately taken with her vocal prowess and strengths as a songwriter. Now with her debut E.P. Things You Can’t Say Out Loud out today, we think you’ll be just as amazed with her stellar performance from beginning to end.

The subtleties between the beat and the synths isn’t what you notice on the opener, “Crazy/Lonely.” Noelle’s vocals stand out as pure and essentially untouched with heavy notes hitting with emotive weight and lighter notes coming off as soft as a feather. This is essentially the way the rest of the five tracks play out. Noelle is more of a soulful R&B singer than we’ve seen in the time of blue-eyed soul, eclipsing the bulk of that genre with a few bars from her smoky voiced tone. While “Regrets” is an upbeat track, it doesn’t mean that Noelle’s voice isn’t where all of the heft comes from, where the lead single “Too Much” comes off with plenty of snap, it’s the closer “Show Me” that stands out the most. The backing vocals would be enough if Noelle didn’t lead the track with her signature voice alongside a noodling blues riff and a beat that sticks with you. Coming closest to nineties R&B without feeling lifted, the future is definitely held within the pipes of Johari Noelle, and this debut proves it.

The E.P. is available to stream on all streaming sites, it can be purchased digitally from all digital music outlets or directly from Johari Noelle here. Johari Noelle is set to appear in Chicago, IL at The Promontory on June 05.

Image Credits: Photo by DannyXPhoto.

David Garrick

David Garrick has spent the last five years interviewing some of the most intriguing and engaging artists performing today. Everyone from Angel Olsen to Phoebe Bridgers, Wire to Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail to Soccer Mommy, Ghost to First Aid Kit, The Breeders to Protomartyr, and many more. He's a giant fan of music of pretty much any genre; but especially to the underdogs. He's been known to see more concerts in a week than many people will see in a year.


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