Seattle-based Indie folk singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen plays a solo show on February 20 at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company that contains tunes from EP and full-length albums he’s put together through the years.
“I’ve compiled a list of 35 songs I might perform, but I won’t make any final decisions until the night before the show,” he explains during a phone interview. “Some will be from my latest album “White Noise,” but I’m hesitant to do a lot of material from that album since some people find the material too different from my previous work.”
Gundersen views his music as snapshots of different moments of his life, which means that when his life takes a new turn, he can lose interest in older songs. “Sometimes I just don’t recognize the person in some of my songs,” he adds.
A 28-year-old musician who started writing and recording music at the age of 13, Gundersen produced his first EP, “Brand New World,” in 2008. That year he also collaborated with friends and his then 16-year-old sister to form the band The Courage, which performed in clubs and cafes around Washington State.
In 2014, Gundersen self-produced his debut album, “Ledges,” which addressed themes including faith, death and past relationships, at the Seattle studio owned by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. His second LP, “Carry the Ghost,” was released in 2015 and deals with the challenges of success, failed relationships, religion and sexuality.
In an article by Michelle Geslani for Album Streams, Gundersen describes “White Noise,” which was released last September, as an album about “fear, anxiety, desire, sex, lust and love…” and “a place between walking and dreaming where the edges blur and the light is strange.”
“I’m already working on my next album,” Gundersen says. “I think it will be different from what I’ve done before, but I have no idea right now what it will be like or when it will be released.”