Noah finks up new album on a train from London to Whales.
Wacky (yet deceptively simple) London band Noah and the Whale
are set to release their third album, ‘Last Night On Earth’,
on March 15h via Island Def Jam. The band's first album since 2009, the record
will feature ten brand spanking new tracks, including first single ‘L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.’
Lead singer Charlie Fink is said to have set to work on the album in January
of 2010, holed up in a synagogue in East London. Beginning with a few melodic
fragments, a sketch for a 10-minute song that resembled Lou Reed's classic 'Street
Hassle', and a set of lyrics that were begun on a train from Wales to London,
something special eventually came into focus, something markedly different from
the songs the band had written before.
Co-produced by lead singer Charlie Fink and Jason Lader (Julian Casablancas, The Mars Volta) in Los Angeles, ‘Last Night On Earth’ features backing vocals by Jen Turner from Here We Go Magic and gospel vocals by the legendary Waters Sisters, who famously provided backing vocals for Michael Jackson's untouchable hit ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’.
Fink also notes that the lyrics of the album were heavily influenced by poetry. Last year, he read the work of Frank O'Hara for the first time, falling in love with the poem Having A Coke With You. Speaking of new song ‘Just Me Before We Met’, Fink notes "I wanted [that song] to have a feel of that, or a tempo. Just the notion of it. Having A Coke With You is I think a very romantic poem, and that's the only outwardly romantic song on the album, and so I wanted it to have the same approach."