Formed in New York City by Athan Maroulis, formerly of Spahn Ranch and Black Tape For A Blue Girl, NØIR have to date issued an acclaimed debut album entitled ‘Darkly Near’ in 2013, a remix album the following year, plus four subsequent EPs that have included at least one cover of a classic glam/new wave/goth rock song from the 1970s or 80s. All have been released on Metropolis Records.
Together with regular collaborators that include Erik Gustafson (guitars) and Kai Irina Hahn (keyboards), Maroulis began working on what would eventually become the brand new ‘Fallen’ EP in late 2019, but the pandemic forced a lengthy delay in its recording. Then, as the Covid crisis lifted, the death of Metropolis Records founder and mastermind Dave Heckman further impeded its progress.
Eventually, the pulsating song ‘Fallen’ was completed and remixed by Greek duo Paradox Obscur and the US artist Silver Walks, with the former making a surreal black and white video for their version that is premiered today. The EP also includes ‘Fallen (Femme Mix)’, with vocals by Kai Irina Hahn that provide a sensual female perspective, plus a new song entitled ‘Death Is Easy’. In fact, the EP took so long to complete that it began to merge with plans for other NØIR releases, which has meant they are able to maintain their penchant for including classic covers with a cello-laced version of ‘Love My Way’ by The Psychedelic Furs.
‘Fallen is dedicated to the late Dave Heckman.
2 Fallen – Paradox Obscur Remix
3 Fallen – Silver Walks Remix
4 Fallen – Femme Mix
5 Death Is Easy
6 Love My Way (Acoustic)