HalfNoise began in 2010 as a side project by Paramore’s drummer, Zac Farro, just two days after he left the band. A few EPs and one full length later, Farro is back with his sophomore album, Sudden Feeling. The album fuses electronic indie pop with Farro’s alternative rock roots, creating a unique and undeniably catchy body of work.
Despite being quite electronically focused, Farro’s history as an alt rock drummer is definitely apparent in Sudden Feeling. Each song has a strong, driving beat, especially evident in tracks like In the Summer, Come Over and Better Then.
Like the album title suggests, Sudden Feeling is about that ‘sudden feeling’ of losing your other half and attempting to deal with those emotions. The album’s opener, Know the Feeling, sets the tone for the rest of the album, jumping straight in with lyrics like “you always loved with one foot in and one foot out”. Despite being an album about heartbreak, Farro manages to keep the vibe of the album fun and dance-worthy.
With lots of layers of synth, melodic guitars and warm, distorted vocals, Sudden Feeling is the type of album to soundtrack a day at the beach with your friends or significant other. Reminiscent of Tame Impala’s Currents, Sudden Feeling has an omnipresent summer vibe, perfect for the coming spring and summer months.
Overall, Zac Farro has proven that he is no longer just ‘Paramore’s drummer’. By creating his own unique sound and voice through HalfNoise, Farro has established himself as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – and a very good one, for sure.
By Alessandra Femenias