Not ‘first the best’
After the release of her solo debut Hunt You, Noémie was looking for new paths she wanted to walk and kept her eyes open for multiple options. Initially, the release of her second album was planned way earlier, but halfway through the writing process, she took the difficult decision to re-start from scratch. Talking about it, Noémie says: “While working on the songs, it was clear that the people I was working with, wanted to push me in a certain direction. One I didn’t connect with.”
Since she celebrated big successes as the singer of the Belgian group Hooverphonic, producers always had the urge to make something similar, but the singer always loved playing with contradictions in music and wasn’t shy to get out of her comfort zone. She wanted to make albums music lovers will still listen to in 10 years and didn’t want to make an album that felt like a snapshot. Which was the perception she had about the first seven songs of her first album, that made her realize she wanted to make something completely different.
A new generation of music
For the album, Noémie finally worked with the upcoming producer Yong Yello, who also produces for the rapper Glints. Inspired by his hip-hop background, Yello used an impressive amount of samples for Lonely Boy’s Paradise, which is the first album he ever produced. His creativity is insane and shows that there couldn’t be a better person to produce the album. For Example, “Love Song” has a sample of an old Congolese jazz-song from the 1930s and they even tried to involve Joske’s (Noémie’s French bulldog) barking in a song, which didn’t end up on the album.
Using samples brings a totally new approach to writing songs. “We started looking for things we liked on his computer and built a song around the sample we all agreed on,” she says when asked how they searched for the best sample. In the end, it all came out very experimental and adventurous and that’s what makes the album stand out. Adding why Yello was the best producer for the project, she says: “Yello really understood that I don’t want a standard pop production and we wanted to do something people don’t associate me with.”