Noah Harrison | Songs For a Long Night

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Songs For a Long Night

by Noah Harrison

Stark, dark and delicate songs of introspections.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Windows
4:38 $0.99
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2. Wash
1:32 $0.99
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3. Roots Lullaby
6:44 $0.99
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4. Pater
4:06 $0.99
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5. Lulling Breeze
3:28 $0.99
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6. MotherBrother
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Written in basements and bedrooms, the poignant and atmospheric sound of Noah’s music seems to point directly towards what its been thus far; a means of introspection, reflection and expression.
Recorded in less than two days, the independent six song EP, Songs For a Long Night is a small sample of what those many days and evenings spent picking and scribbling have produced. From the steady, upbeat progressions of its opening track, "Windows", to the stirring poetics of "Pater" and the quiet finale of "MotherBrother", The short but compact release hints at what is only the beginning of Noah's artistic endeavors.

"Atmosphere, mood, longing, reflection...it's hard to not keep coming back to how contemplative and introspective his songs are and it's hard not to be reminded of Nick Drake when listening to Noah Harrison. There's a lot of soul that's been poured into his music and I almost feel lucky for the fact that he's recorded and shared such personal writing with the world. As you listen and connect, it's songs like these that creep into your life and stay with you becoming almost like memories of your own."
--Earfarm.com


"It is a great thing to be able to look into the abyss and take from it the power to create something rather than giving in to despair. Some of the best art is made as slap in the face to our personal demons or at least in acknowledgment of them. In "Songs for a Long Night" there is an almost crushing weight to the material. In only six tracks, Noah Harrison seems to share a lifetime of introspection that has obviously been marked by considerable pain."
--The Spotlight

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steve ekblad reviews Noah Harrison "songs for a long night"

His freshman release clearly demonstrates his talent as a writer and a performer
Noah Harrison takes a musical journey. It is a man, pen and paper, and his guitar. Noah wrote the material on his first release and recorded these songs over just two days in the studio. There is a freshness to the performance that is found in a live setting.
"Windows" opens with a guitar strummed in an open tuning style that feels like it is new and ancient at the same time. There are overtones of Indian raga and at the same time and inviting folk style. As his voice joins the guitar, the feeling of the recording space becomes apparent. Noah's singing is an extension of the musical mood his guitar has created with each word calculated to join the strings in harmony, melody, or accent.
Noah performs "Wash" in solo voice without accompaniment. Choosing just a few notes for the song he manages to micro tonally create interest for the listener.
"Roots Lullaby" features finger picked guitar and a breathy rising and falling vocal. Ashley Dentremont joins with subtle breathy backing vocals. Noah's poetry in lyric takes on additional emotion as inflection and dynamics impact the words.
In his performance of "Lulling Breeze", Noah effectively uses the guitar and his voice to create the feeling of the wash of a breeze as it swells and falls away.
Softly finger picked guitar sets the stage for "MotherBrother". Mike placement and mixing give an extra dimension to the words of the song.
Noah plays a regular schedule of live performances on the Northeast coast. Check his web site for more information [www.noahharrison.com]. You can purchase "songs for a long night" right here for only $6.99--it seems like a bargain! This artist is just beginning. His first release is a promise of more things to come. Give Noah Harrison a listen before you invest in his CD. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.

~ steve ekblad - audiogrid.com
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Abby

Poignant, soft yet powerful, and encouragingly optimistic.
Windows:::::

An upbeat start to the six-song EP, the steady beat in the beginning of Windows can be felt throughout the song and gives the feeling of movement and progression. The guitar solo and harmonies introduced in the second half of the song transition it from closed windows to the hint of an open door, bringing the listener along for the journey.

Wash:::::

An a capella piece that places the listeners in a vivid setting with a poignant lesson to be learned as Noah offers up some bits of wisdom in Wash.

Roots Lullaby:::::

Speaking volumes and portraying pure emotion in less than 100 words, Roots Lullaby leaves the listeners with the vision of an ever-hopeful boy with his faced pressed up to cold dark glass. Ashley provides beautifully haunting backup vocals, lending to the song’s soothing effect despite the powerful lyrical content.

Pater:::::(My personal favorite on the CD)

A perfect follow-up to “Roots Lullaby,” Pater is another haunting song complete with an intense and unsettling melody complimented by chilling imagery. It will leave the listeners with questions and stirred emotions.

Lulling Breeze:::::

The soothing, beautiful melody and soft strumming caress the listeners like the lyrics speak of. Emotions come through in words and notes; no one can be left unaffected by Lulling Breeze.

MotherBrother:::::

Like all of Noah’s songs, MotherBrother is as personal as it is stunning and poignant. His voice almost a whisper at points, it’s a soft conclusion to an EP that is just the beginning of what we are sure to hear from Noah Harrison.
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Dan

Does what it says on the tin...
I first heard this EP in 2006, and it has been a regular in my player to this day. Roots Lullaby is utterly captivating, and without a doubt my favourite track. This is definitely a CD for a chilled out night, and i can't wait for the next installment from the talented Mr Harrison.
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Ashley

An emergence of tender finger-picking emotion.
Out of the influences of famous singer/songwriters such as Sigur Ros, Mark Kozelek, and Mark Eitzel, as well as Noah's own personal life, comes this debut EP. His finger-picking floods the ears of all who take time to listen with the thick sweetness of honey. Each chord progression pulls out hidden feelings amongst nostalgia, and with every song emerges a new sentiment. One is sure to find the CD to be very tender: whether it is toe-tappingly or tear-jerkingly so.
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Johanna


The first song, Windows, is probably my favorite song on the album. It's got a slow, steady beat and really invites self-reflection. This gets you ready to feel some real, deep in your gut emotion from the next song, Wash. Ashley's added vocals on Roots Lullaby really add variety, and sound almost like the wind whispering in your ear, whis is combined with the great guitar on this song. The guitar on Pater I think is the most interesting. I had to listen to the song twice, because the first time I listened only to the guitar part, it was entrancing. Lulling Breeze is the only song on the album that I don't particularly like. the last song, MotherBrother is a great ending song. Over all a great album. I can't wait for more.
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Allan (JIMMIE)

Beautifully Haunting
You better hope Mr Harrison does not catch you in a reflective mood. If so you will be transfixed by the atmospheric, acoustic offerings on Songs for a Long Night. There’s a rhythmic, hypnotic quality running through the EP that carries the listener on a journey. My favourite track is the opener 'Windows', Noah paints a picture whilst his vocals seem to float on the bass line at parts. The song conjures up images of warm reminiscence on a winter night. I listened to this EP whilst travelling home on a plane last night, I was tired and ready to see home again, there was a lot of traffic in my head and Noah's songs slowed that traffic down and left me feeling equal parts reflective and uplifted. I urge you to give 'songs for a long night' a go. You won't be disappointed.
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Shannon


Songs for a long Night, is an amazing EP. Its guitar and vocals are soothing to the soul.
No matter what type of mood you are in, there is a track on this EP that will suit you.
This is a great beginning, and with it being this wonderful, I am anxious for what is in store for the future.
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Patricia

This is a haunting, yet beautiful, debut
Songs For a Long Night is a poignant, and clearly biographical, debut for this promising singer-songwriter. It is both haunting and hopeful, with a surpising range of melody and vocal styling across the six tracks.
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Carl

Nice first effort
Noah's first foray into recording looks like it went very well. This certianly isn't a cd that will pump you up, but its great on those rainy days when you just wanna lay around. The lyrics are very deep and on numerous occasions, I found myself rewinding the song a bit to catch a line so I could hear it again and take it all in. The overall mood reminded me of Jack Johnson. My only suggestion is to branch out in styles and moods. Defiantly keep the chill aspect, but take cues from other folk singers/songwriters too who tried different concepts and mood swings. Ashleys guest vocals on Roots Lullaby was a nice touch, guest musicians are always fun and add a little extra flare/dimension. Sound quality wise, this actually sounds pretty good. I can't wait to see how Noah progresses over the years!
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