Noah23 Ainít Playiní
"If I donít win the Polaris Prize, Iím going to blow up the CN Tower. And thatís being humble,Ē Noah jokes. "No, no, Iíve always thought that I have talent and wanted people to see it but Iím comfortable because Iíve made the statement I wanted to. I just hope people hear it because, if they do, they will like it.Ē
Featuring producers, MCs, and indie rockers from home and abroad, Rock Paper Scissors is a gritty pop masterpiece. The eclectic styles and sounds suit Noah, whoís as comfortable tackling scientific theories as he is childrenís games, Pavement b-sides, or John Zorn in his awe-inspiring lyrics. "Itís like my Sgt. Pepperís and I wanted to really work with a lot of artists who Iíve known or grew up with,Ē he explains. "Newer artists too like Josh Martinez, Cadence Weapon ó I was really honoured to work with cats like that.Ē
Often straddling a chasm between elitism and accessibility, Noah23 purposefully conjured something for everyone with Rock Paper Scissors. "I challenged myself to convey different ideas and emotions. I always do a free-form abstract thing and some of these songs are more thematic. Iím poking fun at subcultures but thatís the same audience I want to dig the album. I donít know ó Iím like Marshall McLuhan meets Dr. Dre.Ē
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