Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Smokey Mist

A lot of critics or promoters will throw around the word smokey to characterize an artist's voice. I'll admit I've used the adjective a couple of times when trying to describe an artist with a hoarse voice. Noah Gundersen, however, is making me realize what a real, smokey voice sounds like. The truth is, the word smokey is being used improperly. It doesn't mean scratchy or hoarse, but instead should be used to describe something smooth and dark, like an opaque mist. His song, David, showcases his ability to mystify (I'm getting a little carried away, I know) listeners by keeping his voice smooth, dark, and rapid. It's pretty soothing if you ask me, and this is why it works well. It's an odd sound, but a good one. Check out Noah's smokey voice below 

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