Noah Gundersen not only called his newest album Lover, the same title as Taylor Swift’s latest blockbuster, but he dropped his the same day as the pop superstar’s. Surely coincidental, though it nonetheless suggests an artist unafraid of risk. The Seattle singer-songwriter’s past work has fallen on the folkier side of things, but Lover finds him experimenting with sultry electronic beats and spare arrangements that sometimes allow room noise to sink into the record’s bones. It’s clearly a deeply personal collection of songs, with its themes of mental health, drunken regret, romantic dissolution and rebirth. Gundersen’s strong voice cuts through it all, haunted but wise.
— Nathan Weinbender