Handsome Ghost Headlining Pittsburgh @Cattivo 12/15

downloadHandsome Ghost return to Pittsburgh on December 15th to headline Cattivo

The creative effort of Boston-Native and English high school teacher turned indie-pop songwriter Tim Noyes, Handsome Ghost saw viral success when it’s first demo “Blood Stutter” hit the Spotify charts and racked up over 12 million plays, followed shortly by the release of the Steps EP in 2015 which now has 22 million + streams to date! Handsome Ghost recently released their new EP The Brilliant Glow (which already has over 14 million streams on Spotify) on 9/16 via Photo Finish Records (Misterwives, SHAED) and just wrapped up their two month tour as main support for Melanie Martinez.

Handsome Ghost

A philosophy major, a teacher, a folk singer; these are some of the paths Tim Noyes traveled before starting Handsome Ghost.

Noyes began writing folk songs in college, five hours west of his native Boston. After graduation, he taught English for three years at a Bronx high school, playing shows and open mics in the evenings. The contrast of clubs and classrooms couldn’t last, and a publishing deal encouraged him to risk becoming a full-time musician.

Eventually, Noyes felt himself moving away from folk music. As his tastes became more eclectic, “One month I love R&B and then it’s today’s pop or 90’s hits,” the acoustic world seemed to present certain limitations. At an artistic crossroads of sorts, he considered a possible return to teaching, a move to the suburbs, or joining his father’s family business.

Instead – Noyes poured his doubts into a new project, Handsome Ghost, still crafting every song with an acoustic guitar, but now augmenting them with colorful, electronic production. “I’m in a strange place in my life. I’m not a kid anymore but I know I’m not quite an adult yet, either,” Noyes explains. “I can pretend like I am and I often do, but if I’m being honest, I’m still not there. Many of these new songs live in that lost world between responsible and reckless, between figuring everything out and having absolutely no clue.”

In the generation of ever pro-longed youth, wondering when to grow up isn’t uncommon, but choosing a career in music only exacerbates the extremes.  For all of the perks – traveling the country with friends, performing each night, meeting new people – it’s not without malaise. It’s a life that leaves very little time for hobbies, friends back home, or love. But, when it comes down to one or the other, Noyes picks his music. With an early demo titled “Blood Stutter” going viral on Spotify and their debut EP Steps amassing over 20 million streams, Noyes spent most of 2015 touring the U.S. and writing Handsome Ghost’s debut album, which will be released in the Fall.

“It’s hard to know which parts of the past are worth fighting for and which parts are better to just let go of. Sometimes it seems like you have to cut ties to move forward, but that’s a lot easier said than done. I think a lot of these new songs center around that idea: we know what we need to do to grow, but that doesn’t always help.”

Meshell Ndegeocello Reveals “Suzanne” Video

a singer-songwriter of searching candor and an electric bassist of mesmerizing skill.
-New York Times

“A fitting tribute to an icon that was unappreciated in her time by
an artist who is always ahead of hers.” – NPR

stunningly beautiful” -Los Angeles Times

One of the great voices of contemporary soul Meshell Ndegeocello has been a pioneer for women in music. She was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and remains one of few who write the music and lead the band. Yesterday, she premiered her new video “Suzanne” off the critically acclaimed album Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone (“for a sovereign soul”) with USA Today. You can watch the video via YouTube.

“Suzanne” was originally written by the great Leonard Cohen and covered by Nina Simone on her 1967 studio album, To Love Somebody. Simone’s cover motivated Meshell to record her own version of the song to include in her homage to Simone. The lyrics to the song – the reference of Suzanne’s “place by the river” – inspired her to start a collaboration with her fans. People submitted photos of their own “such” places in the world, creating the visual backdrop of the world’s ever-changing landscape for the video.

For the album she was joined by musicians Chris Bruce (guitar), Jebin Bruni (keys) and Deantoni Parks (drums). The singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist reworked some of the tracks made famous by the iconic musician. Guests on the album includeSinead O’Connor, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Tracy Wannomae, Toshi Reagon andCody ChesnuTT.

Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, having been released late last year, is in Grammy contention for this year.

Tour Dates: 

9/28 – Boston, MA @ Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, Multi Act Festival
10/5 – Simi Valley, CA @ RAJ 13  – The Festival of Rhythm & Joy