Album Review: Noah Gunderson – A Pillar Of Salt

A Pillar Of Salt is the latest album release from Noah Gunderson, an indie-folk singer-songwriter and musician from Seattle, USA. The album is a very reflective piece of work, in part due to the isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, making for an extremely personal collection of songs.

By Jane Howkins

The album opens with Laurel And Hardy, with the song being a bit of a slow burn. This sets the tone for the album appropriately, although it is one of the slowest songs here. The rest of the tracks follow a similar theme and there really is an emotional feel to things – some may feel put off by the lack of action, but listen through the record a few times and you’ll find that it all starts to slowly make sense after a while.

Atlantis introduces singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, making for a stunning collaboration. The way their voices mix together sounds simply beautiful and their collaboration is the thing that made me decide to check this album out in the first place, leaving me pleasantly surprised. Noah’s music is similar to Phoebe’s in a way, with his music being mostly made up of beautiful, stripped-back, indie-folk songs.

Noah does mix things up a little though – Body has a more upbeat and positive feel to it and Blankets brings in an electronic vibe, showing an artist capable of doing much more than is expected from here – the main piano melody is stunning and I found myself reminded of Bruce Springsteen’s more folky work at times.

A Pillar Of Salt makes for a stunning listen and fans of this sort of music should lap it up – the music is beautiful, but Noah’s vocals and lyrics also shine through, making this the sort of album you have to listen to over multiple occasions to fully be able to understand everything. It’s haunting but in an understated sort of way, rewarding persistent listeners with the beauty that unveils itself after a while.