While the term “legend” is often bestowed quite liberally these days, few would argue that producer / artist John Fryer carries that title quite appropriately. With a musical fingerprint that shaped the sounds of labels 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet and bands as seminal as Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails, PRAYERS, Mary and The Ram, HIM, Yaz, and Depeche Mode, Fryer has been the sonic architect for four decades of alternative music.
Currently masterminding the new artist collective BLACK NEEDLE NOISE (like the iconic supergroup of sorts, This Mortal Coil, which he was co-founder), Fryer is creating a whole new direction for alternative music to forge ahead. His latest single and video “La diosa y el hombre” is out today, and can be seen now below!
Featuring Mexican vocalist Azzul Monra who sings the song in her native Spanish, “La diosa y el hombre” is a hypnotic and ethereal song that Substream calls, “a passion project so beautifully crafted that one cannot help succumbing to its effortless charm. No genre description fits, but suffice to say it is music made to move you.”
One of a series of songs that Black Needle Noise is releasing consistently and regularly via Bandcamp, “La diosa v el hombre” joins other tracks previously released that features a diverse who’s who of alternative vocalists such as Mimi Page (Delirium), Jennie Vee (bassist, Hole), Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo), Omniflux (Puscifer), Kendra Frost(Kite Base), Andrea Kerr (Colt), Sivert Hoyem, ZiaLand among others. “I like to keep people guessing as to what will be released next, not only with sound but now with what language the song will be in,” explains Fryer about his revolving door of vocalists. “I love where Azzul Monraz has taken this song; it’s always surprising when I get the vocals back to hear where the music has taken them.”
Black Needle Noise is also gearing up for the release of the three-track 7” vinyl single “I Am You” on May 20, 2018. Featuring vocals by Dr. Strangefryer on the industrial-leaning title track “I Am You,” the single also features Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Delirium) on “A Shiver of Want” and Tara Bosch on “Under My Skin.” It is available for pre order via No Devotion Records https://nodevotionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/i-am-you.