Captivating 2000’s R&B with a modern twist, Goodboy Noah returns with the ridiculously fun EP, Cool. Consisting of six songs, the record introduces the self-proclaimed “Jewish R&B singer with a heart of gold” again after his debut Nice. Cowritten by Noah Morayniss (Goodboy Noah) along with Dan Hening and Micah Gordon, the EP is both a love letter to the musician’s influences and a collage of not-so-serious glee.
A lot of my songs are about love, but in a sort of cheeky way, that doesn’t take itself too seriously. I’m not sure what listeners will take away from them, and I don’t know if I’m thinking about that as I’m writing/making the songs.
Before divulging into the songs off the record, it would be a sin not to recognize the cover art. Channeling the spirit of a wild animal, a bare-chested Goodboy Noah does the Burt Reynolds look proud. Tacky in all the best ways, the musician pensively looks into your soul as if he’s about to say, “Hey girl.” Nonetheless, much like summer Walker’s Over It and The Prodigy’s The Fat of The Land, the art does a great job encapsulating the songs off the EP.
Starting with the single, Backseat, Brasstracks’ signature horn section shines spectacularly throughout the single. Compact with lush audio-tuned vocals, a sampled stringed section, and dope percussion, we are fully immersed in R&B heaven. Particularly outstanding are the melodies hit during the lyrics “I Fell in love with the girl in the backseat” by both Goodboy Noah and the backup vocals.
With Hit and Run, we are graced with both a clever bass guitar and glockenspiel-esque lead. The lyrics off the track are ever so cheeky and work well with the romantic symbolism off the EP. Goodboy Noah doesn’t try to be serious, which makes lyrics such as “Callin’ granny up, tryna get that ring” hit the mark even more.
I think my favorite song is probably “Attitude,” just because it reminds me of the 2000’s R&B I would listen to growing up.
Coming in at number three, Attitude incorporates acoustic guitar and catchy bass into the mix. Again, Goodboy’s lovely falsetto shines through, which laments his significant other’s “attitude”.
The two songs toward the near end also highlight Goodboy’s capability as a singer while also being wholly unique. Nonetheless, The most somber track off the record, Long Night, is perfectly placed to end our sonic journey. With a sparse keyboard and a drum machine carrying the mix, the single remains quiet yet impactful. Nonetheless, when the single does decide to get loud, the boosted bass at the chorus steals the show. Perhaps not cognizant when listening, this subtly at the low end significantly affects Goodboy Noah’s vocals for the better, allowing his emotion to breathe better in the listener’s ears.
In summary, Cool is soulful, silly, and overall spectacular. With his new EP Cool out now, be sure to watch Goodboy Noah’s latest video, Treasure, here. For more music related news you can always follow Glasse Factory for the latest scoop.