Iconic producer John Fryer has teamed with the Croatian-Australian operatic soprano Helena Mamich for the latest Black Needle Noise single “Nocturnal”. The single explores new approaches to making music, merging the recognizable BNN dark electronic soundscape with an opera soprano. While Helena doesn’t sing to a libretto, she conveys the message of “Nocturnal” successfully; she adds another layer of darkness to an already dark mood of the song and “Nocturnal” gets closer to the true meaning of the word. “Adding the dark voice into the context of darkness we get “Nocturnal” or the Latin proverb “De nocte Consilium”, says Helena Mamich.
John Fryer, one of the most innovative sonic architects in our age, proves once more that he is a true master of innovation with “Nocturnal”. Black Needle Noise keeps evolving with each single; John and his collaborators give shape to the impressive multi-faceted and unique project. However, it was a challenge to find the right collaborator for “Nocturnal”. John explains: “I had made the music and was talking to my good friend Marija Buljeta and said I was looking for an opera singer for it and as luck would have it she was friends with Helena Mamich, who she recommended to me and the rest is history as they say. Helena has worked wonders on this song and we give you ‘Nocturnal'”.
Helena Mamich is a multi awarded operatic soprano, who proved to be the perfect choice for this hauntingly beautiful single.
The single follows close on the trails of BNN’s ‘These Mortal Covers’ album, a covers-based album, released via Cleopatra Records and involving collaborations with a handful of varied vocalists, including Anjela Piccard, Pinky Turzo, Beca, Tom Berger, Magic Rebecca Coseboom, and Betty X.
‘Nocturnal’ and ‘These Mortal Covers’ are available everywhere digitally, including Apple Music, Spotify and directly from Black Needle Noise via Bandcamp, along with their debut album ‘Before The Tears Came’ (CD, vinyl, digital) and following ‘Lost In Reflections’ LP (vinyl, digital).
Photo of Helena by Ivo Turk
Photo of John by Martha Schuster