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Born out of a makeshift studio in rural Queensland and matured and distilled in Sydney, the group’s debut album could not sound more distant from its geography. Borrowing from a number of French singers and synth-auteurs, Jessica Mincher’s measured crooning and ribbons of shimmering synthesizer would be at home permeating through night clubs across Europe. But entwined with Billy James’ distinctly Western guitar tones that just as easily conjure up chilling night-time desert scenes, they create something incredibly complex. As a result, Some Kind Of Blue is stylized yet effortless; warm yet crystalline. Their lyrics too are atmospheric and evocative; Lynchian and dripping with narrative. Does she love him? Will she be true? With their beautiful-nightmare appeal, it’s no surprise that Noire have played David Lynch’s Parisian Silencio bar.


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Sydney-based band Noire aka Jessica Mincher (vocals and synth) and Billy James (guitar). Following up their self-released EP Baby Blue in 2015, Noire have announced the release of their debut album ‘Some Kind of Blue’, Growing up in the small regional town of Gympie, QLD before moving to Sydney where they formed in 2014, Noire craft dark, melodic and tenderly sculptured pop songs that traverse shoegaze, reverb heavy blues and indie rock.

Citing inspiration from Air, Mazzy Star, David Lynch, Wim Wenders and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds‘Some Kind of Blue’ is a cinematic soundscape charting the fluidity of love and loneliness.

Noire’s patient guitar licks sound like you’ve just turned up in a 1950s western town that’s piecing itself back together after a shootout. The Sydney band’s ethereal vocals via lead singer Jessica Mincher, and effortless production and song arrangement make you want to just close your eyes, block out the world, and drift away for a few minutes.

Official music video for ‘He’s My Baby’, the second track from NOIRE’s debut album ‘Some Kind of Blue’ released 29th September 2017 via Spunk Records.