1. Noah Kahan on His Background, Songwriting, and the Cape Elizabeth EP
In this episode, I chat with Noah Kahan. Stepping out of his childhood home located on a 133-acre tree farm in Strafford, VT (pop. 1,045) and onto stages worldwide, Noah Kahan introduced one side of himself. Since 2017, he has generated half-a-billion combined streams and views, garnered a gold plaque for “Hurt Somebody” with Julia Michaels, and launched sold-out headline tours in North America, Europe, and the UK. His 2019 full-length debut, Busyhead, attracted acclaim from Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, NYLON, Idolator, Ones To Watch and more. Along the way, he performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and Today Show. As he breached radio airwaves and infiltrated popular playlists, he quietly penned songs at a feverish pace.
He unveiled another side of himself on the five-track Cape Elizabeth EP, which he completed within six days in April 2020. The opener and first single “Troubled Mind” pairs sparse delicately plucked acoustic guitar with a soft and soothing vocal. “When you hear Cape Elizabeth, I want you to feel like you can escape for a second,” he leaves off. “I want you to feel recognized and know your thoughts aren’t scary or crazy. I hope you’re drawn into the stories and connect to the characters in the lyrics. Relax, chill out, listen to this, and look out the window. This is my ‘Thank You’ to the fans who stuck around, came to shows, watched my livestreams, and listened.”
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