Soul Singer-Songwriter Noé Releases Mesmerizing Debut EP
Raised between Hong Kong and Paris but now living in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Noé spends her days dreaming up tunes to swoon over, like the entirety of her debut EP, ibynoé, six impossibly dreamy songs so expertly produced that it’s frankly baffling that this is Noé’s first official release.
Pulsing with dark electro-pop vibrations, ibynoé is divine. It’s like Noé’s been doing this forever, like we’ve already seen her dominating the top charts, like she’s already tamed crowds of thousands. This is the good stuff, a selection carefully built upon until the perfect result was achieved.
“When it comes to my music, I like to be as in control as can be. I’m not a fan of having producers work on my songs without me being in the room with them, because I like it to be a collaboration every step of the way, and I always want to make sure it sonically sounds like me or makes me feel some type of way,” Noé tells the Music Mermaid about the EP. “It takes someone special to fully gain my trust in the studio, so shout-out to my main producer Matt Parad for spending so many hours on this EP with me breathing down his neck. I’m so, so grateful! And I’m a lot chiller when working on other people’s records, though, I swear.”
ibynoé opens with “Color,” our first introduction to what Noé will deliver, but in varying degrees of intensity, over the length of the EP: there’s a frantic edge to it, her voice is touched by a soul sound, and it’s packed with percussive power. On “Rabbit Hole,” we get something so sunny and refreshing, like an ice-pop dripping down your wrist during the summertime. It’s not your typical pop tune or even an easy singalong; it chugs along on these lazing rhythms and airy falsetto action, teeming with new sonic details emerging out of every dark corner. On “i cheated on u,” Noé continues to deliver more of her out-of-the-box creativity, offering a stripped-back performance over twangy strums and the low hum of reverb in the far-off distance.
The second half of ibynoé finds the sultry “Puzzles,” one of the richest tracks on the EP, lush with clusters of quick electronic beats and ricocheting rhythms. "La Fève” is a stunning effort, a fleeting piano ballad heightened by the hint of classically Parisian strings as Noé sings sweetly in French. ibynoé ends with the smacking “Pity Party,” probably the most radio-adjacent track on the release. It’s got all the elements of the perfect pop song — strong percussive beats, faint buzzes of electronica, and a chorus to die for — but it’s still the work of Noé, so it’s different, too, tender and slightly uncomfortable, so many sonic elements trilling and thumping, concluding in an emotive crush of perfection. With ibynoé, Noé makes her mark. She’s here to make an impact and she already has — these are songs built with the kind of skill honed by passion.
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Featured photo of Noé by Claire Cali