Oregon native and Pop R&B singer Noah Elliott launches the introspective third release ‘Empty’ from his debut album ‘Songs For The Optimist’.
Produced by fellow Oregonian Dylan Bauld, the song engages from the first syllable: a provocative lyrical tapestry weaved together by an an effortless and undeniably rich tone. Elliott demonstrates a poise and vision beyond his years. Pulling from his organic roots, we are treated to a track full of space, a trait Elliott explains came from his upbringing;
“Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, far from the city, I fell in love with nature and it’s perfect balance. Living this way ingrained in me a beautiful yet simple aesthetic that I strive to reflect in my music”
With four more songs set for monthly release into spring of 2021 and the album shortly after, Noah Elliott’s trajectory is hard to ignore. His previous releases already have over 500k Spotify listens from a growing fanbase of loyal music lovers and this is just the beginning.
We had the opportunity to speak to Noah on the release and more as part of our Get To Know series...
Introduce yourself and tell us a little about you!
"I grew up in Oregon, a small town on the Columbia River in Oregon. My favorite thing about Hood River is the open space. It gives me room to think and reflect."
How would you describe your music in one word?
What’s your earliest musical memory?
"Zimbabwean-style Marimba is the first instrument I learned. My mom fell in love with the music and was teaching it before I was born, so it was natural for me to learn as well. Every year, we’d have Zimbabwean musicians stay with us and teach masterclasses. I remember being 4 and trying to teach one of the teachers my rendition of the theme song to 'Thomas The Tank Engine'"
Have you had any specific stand out moments so far?
"This is a stand-out moment for me! I’m so grateful that publications like The Lowdown are down to feature up-and-coming artists. Thank you a ton :)"
Who would be your dream collaboration?
"I have a loooong list, but Frank Ocean and Rick Rubin are at the top."
Who are your biggest inspirations, musically?
"Again, I’m gunna have to say Frank Ocean and Rick Rubin. I am inspired by the innovation in Frank’s music and I really love Rick’s buddhist-like approach to music general."
Tell us a little about your new song ‘Empty’! Is there any specific story that you based the track on?
"I remember taking a red eye from Portland to Miami, where I was going to college at the time. I didn’t sleep on the flight and was exhausted. Empty poured out of me as soon as I got home. I was so tired I wasn’t able to overthink any of the lines. It felt like unadulterated expression. And getting to work with Dylan Bauld and Cooper Holzman, two producers that I’ve known since elementary school, was an amazing and surreal experience. I tend to overthink production decisions, but they work so fast I don’t have time to overthink anything. It’s amazing. When we were working on Empty, I would show up at the studio in the morning and leave after the sun had set feeling like no time had gone by."
Do you have a favourite lyric?
"I love the chorus lyrics. It still feels very real to me, indulging in marijuana and waking up with a sense of longing."
Finally, do you have any plans for 2021 so far?
"I’m releasing a ton of music in 2021. But I’m feeling a bit stir crazy in LA at the moment, and I can release music remotely, so I’m planning out a trip for the spring. Right now, it’s looking like I’ll take 2-3 months to travel up and down the west coast searching for the best surf spots."
'Empty' is out now.