Known mostly for the moody melancholic swathed in mist and glittering strokes from his musical palette, legendary producer / artist JOHN FRYER of BLACK NEEDLE NOISE is now dipping his toes into a futuristic sci-fi pop sound with his new song ‘Upside Down,’ featuring LA based singer Beca.
‘Upside Down,’ the newest track in a series of singles that Black Needle Noise is releasing consistently and regularly via Bandcamp, once again sees the legendary producer switching musical gears and experimenting with new sounds. Contrasted with his previous song ‘That Which Watches,’ which saw Black Needle Noise branch out his influences into roots and Americana music, ‘Upside Down’ blends John Fryer’s signature production with contemporary electronica. This is further punctuated by the dreamy yet eerie vocals provided by Beca that help maintain a dream pop edge that John Fryer has become famous for.
When speaking about the new song, Fryer says that “I always heard this as a pop song, kinda Sci-Fi Dream Pop. Who better to sing this? None other than Beca. I think she fits the song perfectly.”
Beca meanwhile says that “‘Upside Down’ is about suddenly finding yourself in a dark place after pushing away the warning signs and whispers from deep within your soul. Yet, an innate sense of survival gives you the inner strength to ask for help, and grabbing it with both hands to find your way home.”
John Fryer’s Black Needle Noise is a 50/50 partnership between Fryer and many different talented singer/songwriters, includingAttasalina, Mimi Page, ZiaLand,Omniflux, Jarboe, Betsy Martin,Andrea Kerr, Ledfoot, Spectra Paris, Jennie Vee, Ana Breton,Kendra Frost, Elena Alice Fossi, Antic Clay, Andreas Elvenes, Bill Leeb, Sivert Høyem, Fakeba, Madame ur y sus Hombres and Beca.
John Fryer is a multi-platinum selling record producer and musician. Starting in 1980 at London’s Blackwing Studios, he worked for some of the most prestigious indie labels at the time like 4AD, Mute, and Rough Trade.
He has produced and worked with many influential artists for which the list is both extensive and impressive including; Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode, Wire, NIN and Love And Rockets. John was also a long standing member of Ivo Watts-Russell’s This Mortal Coil and has had his own bands over the years including; DarkDriveClinic, Muricidae, Silver Ghost Shimmer and now Black Needle Noise.
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