NAOMI HALL: quirky, outsider Seattle-based female singer/songwriter Naomi Hall. Sounds like Bjork, Beatles, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Brian Wilson, Tiny Tim.
Music Genre: Hello Kitty meets Frank Zappa
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Musictown: Seattle, Washington
Influences: Björk, Beatles, Syd Barrett, lint, shiny things
Sounds Like: Everyone and no one
- I breathe.
- I hiccup.
- My Borg name is Eight of Seven.
- I think breakfast is the most romantic meal of the day.
- I like to play Bach's Invention No. 4 at least once a day.
- I've been kicked out of a liquor store at 2pm.
- I watched "Days of Our Lives" religiously for 10 years.
- I don't know how to put on make-up.
- I am generally hungry, but salads make me sad.
- I tip generously.
- I can't dance.
- I am half-Japanese.
- I type excellently on both Dvorak and Qwerty standard keyboards.
- I can has loves SQL, data, and cheeseburgers.
- I travel the world (outside of Warcraft).
- Brushing my teeth makes me happy if I'm feeling down.
- I always walk around a sewer grate.
- I drink lots of coffee...lots and lots of coffee.
- I own a Bat'leth.
- I'm afraid of getting my ears pierced.
- I am very happy with my Norwaynian from the land of Norwegia.
- What says the most about me is that I want to learn how to restore a 1972 Chevy Nova and paint it "panther pink."
- Overall, I'm a wannabe girly-girl...
- and I love making music.
Seattle-based solo female artist Naomi Hall returns from a six year hiatus with the quirky titled release, "Honeymoon On Neptune."
The avant-garde pop album reunites Hall with producer Gary Reynolds and features 11 tracks, including a Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd cover. Hall's rendition of "The Gnome" is a mash-up of electronic rock and odd piano pop. This genre fusion weaves in and out of many tracks, including the opening track “FINGERS!” that contains playful lyrics like “I like rubbing things on my teeth, such as brushes and floss, and my fingers.” These simple, child-like lyrics are anything but new for Hall. Rather they serve as a refined re-entrance to the outsider music community in which she gained fame after her surprise mini-hit "Something About Ishka."
"I believe music is a statement of where an artist is in life," Hall says. "I went through a tough time when I recorded [Love Full of Punches] and I think it was pretty noticeable! But a few years later, I feel very settled and happy with who I am. Because of that, I wanted to go back to writing upbeat feel-good songs about stuff that inspires me and others and keeps people happy. I think this new album reflects a lot of that."
Most of the happily inspired songs on "Honeymoon On Neptune" were recorded by Hall herself at home, while Reynolds added Beatles-like instrumentation and direction in the studio. Of working with Hall, Reynolds says, "Naomi Hall is a musician I'm always honored to record and produce. She is creative and entertaining all at once. When she sang that she'll eat dandruff like a line of coke, I nearly died laughing. Naomi genuinely wants to have fun, she wants people to laugh and have a good time. She's got a collection of songs out now proving just that."
"Honeymoon On Neptune" officially launched December 4, 2012 and is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and all other digital stores.
"Naomi's latest release is an effervescent euphony of trip-pop, from the local, Seattle area. Using a spartan method of interpretation to her sound, she eschews the more divergent branches of music, and comes out with an interpretation of what can be called, autonomy. Love Full of Punches is a twelve song set, two of which are bonus tracks. Their proclamation of love, and a sublime inspiration, for life's game, ranges from the sanguine, all the way up to pornographic, at times. A cunning headshot on the album's cover, reveals a chanteuse, steeped in her craft. This being the production of pacific type of vibe, known to herald positivity, she does her job well. I'd suggest trying this disc on for size. It's definitely something to surf with, if the internet is your wave of choice, and beyond that, great for tooling around in your car, or even at home." - Seattle Sinner
"For a millisecond I'm stranded in the air off the precipice, Wile E. Coyote looking deep into the gorge below. Instead of plummeting I just float across the air. I feel funny about it, this isn't supposed to be happening, but, wow, here I am. That's a Naomi Hall song for me. They're dangerous in that I never know what to expect. They're glorious in that they pleasantly surprise me every time. I always fear I'll crash and burn but never do." - MungBeing Magazine
"Seattle-based Naomi Hall is an energetic hard-working singer/songwriter who composes electronic rock. Without a hint of irony, she pours her soul out into an opus dedicated to Ed Wood as well as her lead single "Until I Drown", which sounds stripped straight from a Sarah McLachlan b-side remixed by some club DJ. Fantastic harmonies, fiery beats, and piano/keyboard-centric pop all whirl about this enigmatic and friendly songstress." - Smother Magazine
"Naomi Hall's new CD Love Full of Punches is available now and, oh, is it a beautiful thing! Naomi's soaringly ascendent voice accompanies spacious instrumentation and a wit that has been described as 'quirky' but that I will call 'rapier'." - Mark Givens, Wckr Spgt
"Musically, Seattle-based Naomi Hall is quite refreshing and unique. She combines a lot of electronic sounds with a little rock and odd piano-pop. The music on "Love Full of Punches" probably won't bring Naomi to super-stardom, as I Imagine it to be way too alternative for that, but then again, most people probably thought that about Portishead, Massive Attack, Bjork and the likes and they made it." - Past and Present Webzine
"The vocals are the focal point of this CD and they come off very well. Naomi has an evocative and mysterious voice that brings out the edgy quality of her music. They sound a bit bit like something you would hear at a renaissance festival mixed with Bjork. Call it quirky, or maybe ahead of its time, this material is poppy but very unlikely to be popular commercially. It's a bit too fringe for top 40. Take my favorite song for instance: "Bride of the Monster" is a song about the Ed Wood schlock sci-fi/horror B-movie masterpiece. It sounds like a cross between a piano bar song and a show tune. It is totally out there, and very fitting considering the subject material. If you like hearing girls sing songs that are a little dirty and make graphic references to oral sex (which I do) you should check out the song "Drown." Some of this recording also has a heavy sequenced/electronic sound to it that puts it somewhere up in the new wave territory. At times I get a vibe slightly similar to Souxsie and the Banshees. Everything that I am hearing is new and refreshing. It is wild and unpredictable, but it is also classy and sophisticated. I think that it is safe to say that you can take away more from this CD than you could every CD on Billboard's top 100 today." - Neo-Zine