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Album Review: Nouhi’s Nomad “Self-Titled”

Recent years have seen many new names crop up in the rock music industry, release a few hits, and disappear back into the unknown but Nouhi’s Nomad seems to be here to stay, just by the outlook of his debut album.

Born in New York City, Nouhi’s Nomad is an Iranian-American musician with various talents. Nouhi’s Nomad comes close to becoming a virtuoso player, with his fantastic voice and expertise at the guitar, piano, tombak, and violin. After years of singing in professional choirs and performing in various musicals, such as playing Orpheus in the famous play Orpheus in the Underworld, Nouhi’s Nomad decided to pursue a solo music career.

Nouhi’s debut self-titled album follows his unique style, a blend of rock instrumentals and avant-garde music elements with sensible, emotional lyricism. A debut album is meant to establish an artist’s niche and unique sound, and the sound in Nouhi’s Nomad is undoubtedly Nouhi’s himself.

Nouhi’s Nomad is quite sizeable for a debut album, containing twelve original songs with various approaches and messages. The album’s opening track, “Hiding Home”, sets the pace for the rest of the song. The soft, rhythmic opening guitar strums of the song ease you into Nouhi’s Nomad’s world. A pinch of the energy typically associated with rock music is added with the louder and brassier guitar harmonies and Nouhi’s lyrics. A similar soft, melancholic style follows in subsequent songs such as “The Song I Can’t Rewrite” and “Ohio”. The songs on the album sometimes break into a more energetic and groovy rhythm, such as in “Wading” and “Hail”, to give the song a rock flair that makes the listener feel obliged to move to the beats.

Nouhi’s Nomad does not shy away from the high notes, attacking them with complete confidence and the powerful quality of his voice. Throughout the album, it is impossible to ignore the Persian influences that seep through the fabric of the music and add eccentricity to it. The simplicity in the music and the relaxing atmosphere that the 12-track album creates makes it such an interesting listen that you keep going back to.

-Kenneth DuJour

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