Brooklyn’s Noble Kids Go Back to Basics in Messy Pretty

Brooklyn’s indie rock trio Noble Kids are dropping their sophomore album Messy Pretty. Consisting of Bryce Barsten, Michael Steiner & Kevin Chang, the new release was conceived through a sincere and “messy” process, while also representing the dynamic between the band members.

Engineered by Greg Giorgio (The National, Sharon Van Etten, Tokyo Police Club) the 11 track release is a vivid and potent collection of songs which narrate the importance of self-realization and discovering one’s identity and queerness through both first-hand experiences and mutual understanding. Described as being both the mistake and the lesson, Messy Pretty is an album of empowerment, emphasizing the significance of living to your truest self.

Messy Pretty exudes flavors of gritty rock, bold indie soundscapes and glistening melodies. A remarkably strong collection of work, the album is introduced by leading single ‘Rain Hat’. Bursting with throbbing rhythmic pulses, raw vocals and emitting a floating, dreamlike flavor, the track represents the entire essence of the album. Detailed with blemishes and oozing authenticity, ‘Rain Hat’ is built upon single takes and unintentional background noises, resulting in a perfectly imperfect song. “Messy Pretty is a very human record,” explains Barsten, “There is a sheen to it, but it’s messy at its core and direct in a way that made us all a little uncomfortable while making it. That was a new feeling, and it became an important feeling to embrace. It pushed us”.

The album also includes ‘West of Here’ showcasing the trio’s signature style of melodic jangly guitars which contrast the subtle moments of falsetto vocals reminiscent of Bon Iver. Truly organic and daringly clear-cut, the record evokes a relatable and honest theme, allowing listeners to seek comfort and direction.

Listen to the premiere of Noble Kid’s Messy Pretty below –

Tour Dates:
Sunday, February 24 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

photo by: Chris Bernabeo