Album release: On Time

By Noah Malcolm

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In June 2018, PEI singer/songwriter Noah Malcolm released ‘Pray’; an emotional tell-all piano ballad about the collision of his faith & queer identity. Its powerful lyrics and honest delivery earned the budding songwriter interviews and airplay on CBC and SiriusXM Radio and prompted the Maritimer to further explore his songwriting. Now, born from the strings of a borrowed guitar, his 4-song, self-produced EP entitled ‘On Time’ is set for release December 4.

The first single ‘Give In’ was released August 21 with an accompanying music video. The track is an energy-packed introspective of the creative process with big drums, an open-tuned acoustic and a dynamic vocal that traps the listener into Malcolm’s dreamworld. His 2nd single ‘If Not’, released October 23, leans more into the folk realm with its playful lilt and meter changes as it interrogates the things that hold us back while poking fun at being self-involved. A self-made music video for ‘If Not’ released December 1, filmed on the Island in his parents’ backyard, highlights the artist’s quirks and resourcefulness as he assembles an outdoor living room and delightfully dances & performs the lively tune.

The December 4 release offers the remaining two tracks from the EP. ‘Permission’, written during COVID lockdown in March 2020, was a late addition to the project. Ethereal synths and a string trio create a comforting mosaic that carries this mid-tempo guitar ballad along with its message of finding peace in uncertainty. ‘The Finish Line’ is the final track from the EP; a meditation on pursuit and persistence that starts softly before firing on all cylinders for the highest emotional peak of the record. Malcolm is looking forward to working on new music after the release.

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