Noah Deemer is a musician and artist living in NYC. His debut album, the art-pop / post-punk odyssey, The Sleepwalker, is out now. The Sleepwalker was written in New York and recorded at night in a moonshine cabin in North Carolina with a wide range of instruments – 70s synthesizers, saxophone, heavy metal guitar, violin, analog drum machines, etc.
The album is a personal chronicle of heartbreak and coming of age, set in the shadow of widespread social and environmental crisis. Through it all runs a deep yearning and a spirit of defiance. Opener “Modern Ruins,” for example, veers mid-song from sludged-out chaos into bright, lush synthesizers and back again. The midnight drifter in “Underwater Green / Coming Down,” rasps into feedback and saxophone. “Glorify me, cover me in diamonds,” Deemer sings in a hoarse baritone, “I can ride on the edge of a thrill, my fantasies would take more than a lifetime to fill.”
While writing The Sleepwalker, Deemer started doing hypnosis on the Upper East Side. Some images in the lyrics came from these trance states, and the hallucinatory, dreamlike experience of being hypnotized crept into the very structure of the songs. The end result is singular and powerful – an extraterrestrial journey through the modern world. Something like a punk record trapped inside a dream pop record – raw emotions, city swagger, ecstatic hooks, luscious drugged out crooners, and vampire poetics shapeshifting around in the subconscious. In its enigmatic, fragmented beauty, The Sleepwalker reaches for a spiritual truth about life out of time.