Poor Man's Son
Time Moves Quickly
After three EPs, endless touring, and songs appearing in TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Vampire Diaries, 24-year-old Noah Gundersen has finally issued a full-length solo debut album. It's as powerful and direct as that of singer/songwriters with years more experience under their belts. Self-produced and recorded at Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, Ledges starts with “Poor Man’s Son,” a raw, gospel-based tight harmony piece. It recalls Gundersen's years in a religious family where he was forbidden to listen to secular music. Here, sister Abby (violin, piano, cello) and brother Jonathan (drums) add their touches. From “Boathouse” onward, a full production comes into effect, and a mature singer/songwriter who recalls elements of Jackson Browne, Ray Lamontagne, and Ryan Adams emerges. Religious imagery finds its way into songs of great human struggle. “Isaiah” tells of a relationship with a woman in another relationship. “Cigarettes” compares a bad habit with a dangerous relationship that everyone knows isn’t good for them. The piano-based “Time Moves Quickly” comes across as a brilliant Tom Waits–like ballad.