“There are times when I definitely feel like I’m out of my depth musically,” Noonan chuckles. “Where I would have turned to one of the guys in the band before, now I have to make all the big decisions myself. On the one hand, it’s great and it’s very immediate. On the other, I don’t want it to be a more anaemic version of Bell X1. I want it to be different.”
He has been working with New York based musician and producer Thomas Bartlett - trading ideas online after initial sessions together in Dublin and NYC. “I think he’s someone that you follow instinctively,” Noonan says of Bartlett, who worked on the project in both Dublin and New York.
“You trust him because he has an eye on the bigger picture. He has a really nice balance of being able to call things as they are without causing bad vibes. He’s also really inspiring in that he has everything to hand to do things quickly.”