Being a perfectionist and a musician is a dangerous combination. The long hours logged at the studio can add up and drain bank accounts, all while trying (often in vain) to explain a vision that your producer might not ever fully see. Luckily, this is the 21st century, and perfectionist artists like Nöel don’t have to rack up crazy fees. They can just record in their living rooms.
The Washington Heights singer gets sensual on his latest “Canvas,” waxing romantic on the female form over subdued, cavernous production from Rosten. It’s the kind of love song that intimates as much with the melodies as the lyrics. Nöel has planted his flag with this one, rising above the maddening crowd of alt-R&B singers.